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Outswimming the Eruption

Authors: Allan Crosbie

Published by The Rialto

ISBN: 9780952744498

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Outswimming the Eruption has been short-listed for the 2006 Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

'Crosbie's work is sure-footed as well as diverse. His is a poetry of both actual and imaginative wanderlust, formally varied and as international as it is Scottish' - Douglas Dunn

'Allan Crosbie's collection is something of a kaleidoscope. In their shifting perceptions and their many manners, his poems add up to a small atlas of his curiousities. He travels well.' - Alastair Reid

'This poet has a great gift for showing the everyday can also be threatening and disturbing, for stripping away our layers of custom and social niceties, in order to expose the way human history has often corrupted and defiled the natural world... fine angry poems that carry the reader with them and promise much.' - Anna Crowe

Allan Crosbie was born in Bermuda, but grew up in Scotland. After graduating from St. Andrew’s University, he completed a Masters in Peace Studies at Notre Dame University in the USA during the first Gulf War. To recover from the irony, he travelled throughout Central America, including a year working with a community of repatriated refugees in El Salvador and a short spell for the UN Truth Commission in that country. He now teaches English in Edinburgh and lives with his wife Alison in Portobello. Outswimming the Eruption is Allan Crosbie's first collection.
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