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Fire Penny
by Cilla McQueen

ISBN: 9781877372056
PUBLISHER: Otago University Press
FORMAT: Hardback

PUBLICATION DATE: 25.07.2005
DIMENSIONS: 140mmX210mm 196grams

DESCRIPTION:
Snapshot reconstructions of life on Scotland's remote St Kilda island - ancestral home of McQueens - open this tenth collection of poetry from Cilla McQueen. The spare life in this place of birds and sea and weather leads into a new set of poems from the poet's Bluff home, quiet observations on friends and animals, memories and dreams, and weather. Many of the reflective poems are conversational in style; one poem is written in the form of a play, and another appears at first to be a dictionary definition. Even the simplest of topics, such as eating cake or meeting a newborn baby, are taken by McQueen and transformed into thoughtful works. The collection closes with a section entitled A Widow's Songs, in which the poet mourns her late partner.

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