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Shape Sifting

Authors: Jan Fortune

Published by Cinnamon Press

ISBN: 9781905614516

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The finalists in the fourth Cinnamon Press poetry collection award offer shifting perspectives on life lived with all the senses open. These are poets who take seriously what it means to be alive and who take the time to communicate with lucid precision; finding patterns and shapes in what might otherwise be a chaotic jumble of sensory impressions and transitory experiences.

In these pages crows become punctuation, a woman faints at the sight of Matisse’s poppies, we learn the Urdu for fish, walk hospital corridors, search for an obituary, travel with survivors of a shipwreck who are kept alive by a breast-feeding mother and watch marriage bones being picked clean. Out of these riches of daily shapes, life is sifted clear.
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