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Wee Poetry Spotlight: Ambush at Still Lake with Caroline Bird


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Listen to Caroline Bird introduce her new collection of poems Ambush at Still Lake. Caroline talks about some of the themes and atmospheres in the book, commitment and domesticity, and the absurdity of the high stakes of looking after a family in daily life!

Enjoy this wee intro to the book, and consider joining the virtual launch on Weds 26th June, spots available HERE.

Her new poems show us the ambush of real life that occurs in the stillness after the happy ending. This is a collection about marriage, lesbian parenthood, addiction and recovery in which a recurring dream is playing out: a world where mums impale themselves on pogo-sticks, serial killers rattle around in basements, baby monitors are haunted by someone else's baby and, through it all, love stays and stays like a stationary rollercoaster that turns out to be the scariest, most thrilling ride in the amusement park.

Her editor welcomed the book in these terms: 'It is bleak, repellent and hilarious in an American Psycho-ish way. Hectic and vivid.'

'Vegetable crisps. The words yawn like a black hole,sucking my eyes backwardsinto my head until I seemy own brain glowinglike a radioactive cauliflower.'

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