Held

By Elizabeth Burns

Format: Paperback

This remarkable collection explores the complex ways in which people and things are held - both metaphorically and physically - in the world. As delicate as they are vivid, the poems in 'Held' resonate with breathtaking emotional power.

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Birlinn Limited

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This remarkable collection explores the complex ways in which people and things are held - both metaphorically and physically - in the world. Through motifs of vessels and containers, Elizabeth Burns' exquisite and energetic poetry investigates the relationships between presence and absence, resilience and fragility. As delicate as they are vivid, the poems in 'Held' resonate with breathtaking emotional power. Previously published as a pamphlet, the central section of the collection, 'The Shortest Days', was winner of the 2009 Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 26 Jul 2010
ISBN 9781846971709
Number of Pages 80

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'Poems of painterly clarity graced by flawless craftsmanship and beauty of language. Tender yet tenacious, they wondrously enfold the fragility of our lives and make the heart soar.' STEWART CONN 'An exceptionally gifted poet' THE SCOTSMAN 'These poems are like handmade lace, detailed and accurate, carefully constructed with an unswerving eye for detail' THE NORTH

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