Birds with a Broken Wing

Adam Thorpe

Birds with a Broken Wing
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Birds with a Broken Wing

Adam Thorpe

Adam Thorpe’s fifth collection finds purpose in the discarded, the secretive, the failed. Juxtaposing creation and destruction, hope and grief u a small boy deep down a lead mine; an unlit, nocturnal path set against the ‘insomniac’ motorway; industrialised apples against wrinkled windfalls u his poems argue for bewilderment and ‘the slight bruise of doubt’. Whether walking an abandoned road or considering a friend’s suicide, his poems remind us of our abdications, of our collapsed relationships with nature, with history, with ourselves. There are, however, all the vestiges of connective tissue u memories and mementoes, sudden, miraculous leaps of beauty. The book is full of such traces, delicate and fugitive: the poet’s grandmother retrieved through her ninety-year-old bookmark of rose petals; the unvoiced suggestion of his mother’s voice on an answerphone; the memory of a vanished native chief in a Canadian mountain’s shadow…

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