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The Night Trotsky Came To Stay

Authors: Allison McVety

Published by Smith/Doorstop (The Poetry Business)

ISBN: 9781902382906

£9.95
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SHORT LISTED FOR THE FORWARD PRIZE 2008 FOR BEST FIRST COLLECTION

The title poem is more than ‘one of those poetic re-workings of a minor historical event, in Allison McVety’s hands we’re in an entirely different, witty and weird world.
— Anne-Marie Fyfe

Sensuous detail, intellectual curiosity and an echoing, confident music all make this a fully-imagined poetic world.
— Jane Draycott

An impeccably clear and sculpted collection. Allison McVety’s first book shines. It signals the opening of a career of a writer from whom we can expect wonders
— David Morley

The nub of Allison McVety’s poems is family history, learnt from her mother’s lap: a father in Special Operations during World War II, tales of telegrams and de-mobs, an uncle dragging the docks for bodies, abused wives and loving, dancing couples. Magical, intriguing stories, which nurtured and fostered her imagination.

Well wrought and distinctive, the personal made universal par excellence. — Susan Utting

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