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The Son of a Shoemaker

Authors: Linda Black

Published by Hearing Eye

ISBN: 9781905082681

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The Son of a Shoemaker is a sequence of eighteen prose poems based on the early life of Hans Christian Andersen. The poems are collaged from a fictionalised biography of Andersen, The Shoemaker’s Son, by Constance Buel Burnett, which was published by George G Harrap & Co in 1943. The text is illustrated by the author.

"This is an interesting and rewarding set of poems from a poet whose work was new to me. I’ll be looking to read more of that work and suggest you do, too."
Billy Mills, Sabotage Reviews

“Powerful pieces that few of Black’s contemporaries could match.”
Martyn Crucefix, PBS Bulletin on The Beating of Wings

Reviews of Inventory:

“I think Black is a very good writer of the modern prose poem, however you wish to define it.”
Frances Presley, Poetry Review

“The collection is beautifully illustrated by the poet herself with drawings that capture their fantastic, ordinary, haunted world.”
Luke Kennard, Poetry London

Linda Black is a poet and a visual artist. Her awards include the 2004/5 Poetry School Scholarship, the 2006 New Writing Ventures Poetry Award and an Arts Council Writer’s Award in 2007. The Beating of Wings (Hearing Eye, 2006) was a PBS Pamphlet Choice. Her other prose poem collections are Inventory (2008) and Root (2011), both published by Shearsman. She is currently co-editor of Long Poem Magazine, and lives in London.

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