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The Drowned Book

by Sean O'Brien, Helen Dunmore

Part of the Picador Classic Series

The Drowned Book Synopsis

With an introduction by Helen Dunmore Come for a walk down the river road, For though you're all a long time dead The waters part to let us pass The way we'd go on summer nights In the times we were children And thought we were lovers. The Drowned Book is a work of memory, commemoration and loss, dominated by elegies for those the author has loved and admired. Sean O'Brien's exquisite collection is powerfully affecting, sad and often deeply funny; but it is also a dramatically compelling book - disquieting, even - and full of warnings. As the book unfolds, O'Brien's verse occupies an increasingly dark, subterranean territory - where the waters are rising, threatening to overwhelm and ruin the world above. Winner of both the T. S. Eliot and Forward prizes, The Drowned Book is an extraordinary collection, a classic from one of the leading poets of our time.

The Drowned Book Press Reviews

It's almost as though he's seeing into a kind of pool in which the past is there, held in a sort of suspension . . . exhilarating -- Peter Porter O'Brien's talent extends far beyond description . . . powerful, resonant and thought-provoking * Guardian *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447294030
Publication date: 18th June 2015
Author: Sean O'Brien, Helen Dunmore
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 96 pages
Categories: Poetry by individual poets,

About Sean O'Brien, Helen Dunmore

Sean O'Brien is a poet, critic, playwright, broadcaster, anthologist and editor. He grew up in Hull and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne; he is Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University and teaches on the MA Writing course. His five collections of poetry to date have all won awards, most recently Downriver (Picador, 2001), which won the Forward Prize for best collection. In 2002 Cousin Coat: Selected Poems 1976-2001 was published by Picador. His book of essays on contemporary poetry, The Deregulated Muse (Bloodaxe), was published in 1998, as was his acclaimed anthology The Firebox: Poetry In Britain And Ireland After 1945 (Picador). ...

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