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THE WOUNDED STORK—BY JACKIE GORMAN

£9.75

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This collection explores nature and language with poems which are rich in strange metaphors. There is a sense of magic in the ordinary, suggesting that the possibility of shape-shifting is never far away. This collection explores nature, childhood, ageing, love and loss with a sense of resilience and wonder.

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The Wounded Stork speaks of resilience, the capacity of broken things to endure. There is an unsettling, almost Lynchian feel to Gorman’s work, where the everyday is disturbed by a strangeness glimpsed at the corner of the eye, and encounters with the natural world are anything but benign. Shape-shifting poems where totemic birds and animal familiars, teachers and harbingers, dart between the ordinary world and the realms of myth and magic; where a morning swim, a photograph, an acorn, are all carried along on a dark undertow of loss and transformed—rich, earthy poems that tantalise and bewitch.

—Angela T. Carr, author of How To Lose Your home & Save Your Life.

The exquisite strangeness in Jackie Gorman’s poems evokes an earthy, fragrant and often wounded shape-shifter that steps, poem to poem, as a musing on loss. Gorman’s gift is that her writing possesses such grace and certainty, that one will gladly look on the dark deep silence where/we dream ourselves human.

—Eleanor Hooker, author of A Tug of Blue and The Shadow owner’s Companion.

With this assured and remarkable debut, Jackie Gorman has added a powerful new voice to Irish literature.

—Kerrie O’Brien, author of Illuminate.

ISBN:

978-1-912111-53-4

Pages:

152

Cover:

Paperback