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Bird Sisters

Authors: Julia Webb

Published by Nine Arches Press

ISBN: 9781911027058

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Julia Webb’s Bird Sisters is a surreal journey through sisterhood and the world of the family via the natural world. Fascinated by the “otherness” of things, her poems expose worlds and relationships that are not always entirely comfortable places to exist, and many of them feature transformations of some kind - both real and metaphorical: a woman wears a dress of live bees or becomes a bird and family members turn into owls and sparrows.
In exploring the ways in which both adults and children are casually cruel to one another - often within a mythological framework, Julia Webb blurs the boundaries between fairy tale and real. These families are terrifying in their complexity and dysfunction yet utterly compelling and convincing and with dark undercurrents of humour that ensure they are never bleak.
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