The dark attunes our eyes to detail the light can sometimes conceal; similarly, Colette Bryce's new poems are "slant tellings" that reveal strange and true reflections. Using a... Read more
The dark attunes our eyes to detail the light can sometimes conceal; similarly, Colette Bryce's new poems are "slant tellings" that reveal strange and true reflections. Using a wide range of imaginative strategies, Bryce examines the ways in which time is held, space enclosed?and a life framed and given meaning: a face in a broken mirror, a spider trapped under a glass, or a stolen kiss in a car-wash. Bryce's two previous prize-winning collections were widely admired for their marvelously seductive music and their speed of thought; Self-Portrait in the Dark widens and deepens the poet's scope, and is her most emotionally compelling collection to date.
Self-Portrait in the Dark Paperback edition by Colette Bryce
Colette Bryce is an Irish poet currently based in the north of England. Her collections with Picador include The Heel of Bernadette(2000), winner of the Aldeburgh Prize, The Full Indian Rope Trick (2004), short-listed for the T S Eliot Prize, and Self-Portrait in the Dark (2008). She received the Cholmondeley Award in 2010. The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014) was short-listed for the Forward, Costa and Roehampton Poetry Prizes, and winner of a Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. Selected Poems, drawing on all her books, is a PBS Special Commendation 2017.
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