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The Malarkey

by Helen Dunmore

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Helen Dunmore's first poetry collection since 2007. If there's a theme running though these poems, and two prose pieces (about poets John Donne & John Keats), it would be lost time, the realization of how important a moment, a person, was only afterwards.
The title poem has someone searching for their car in a car park, missing the noise their children once made, which had became their way of locating the car.
Most of these poems are brief and intense, but there is also humour in poems like 'The Captainess of Laundry' and observational pieces on ladybirds or people seen from a basement or outside a bank.
Helen Dunmore has won numerous awards for both her poetry and her many novels. Prolific writer; remarkable talent. ( )
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Why did you tell them to be quiet
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As soon as you turn your back, time slips. The humdrum present has become the precious, irrecoverable past. The ways in which the present longs for the past, tries to get in touch with it and stretches the power of memory to its limits are central to this new collection by Helen Dunmore.… (more)

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