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- DescriptionThe Dog in the Sky offers a view of the world that is skewed, vibrant and larger than life. Here, words turn into tiger-moths or laughing birds, the Mitaur finds his Ariadne and Pichio's sister cuts loose from her strings. The Dog in the Sky is drunk on life, on love, on air thick with peach light, but also shows the flipside where you can't trust the earth beneath your feet. In her second collection, Helen Ivory takes you further into a world of illusions and transformations. Here are voices lost inside mental illness, divided and diverting selves, as well as sinister figures who control their madness and make things happen. She creates puppet shows in which larger-than-life forces pull the strings and write the scripts, drawing also from the darkly dramatic world of fairytale and myth. 'There is something subtle and unique about Helen Ivory's writing. You can see the shadows she moves among, the fabulists and fantasists, but there is a numbed, almost purely narrative quality to the voice which destabilises itself as it goes along. Her best poems are quite exquisite, t so much a matter of kwn poetic craft as of vision, instinct and frayed edgy experience playing it dead straight' - George Szirtes. 'Ivory's language, seemingly incuous, sometimes almost deadpan, is in fact highly and instinctively wrought to contain the elusive resonance of her subject-matter...myth, madness, dislocation of self, shifting intent of narrator and her quixotic elemental world...They capture the imagination at full strength. Prepare, therefore, to be disturbed' - Sarah Law, Stride .
- Author BiographyHelen Ivory was born in Luton in 1969, and lives in Norwich. She has worked in shops, behind bars, on building sites and with several thousand free-range hens. She has studied painting and photography and has a Degree in Cultural Studies from Norwich School of Art. In 1999 she won an Eric Gregory Award. Her first collection The Double Life of Clocks was published by Bloodaxe in 2002. She was awarded an Arts Council writer's bursary in 2005 and is now Academic Director and teacher of Creative Writing for Continuing Education at the University of East Anglia.
- Author(s)Helen Ivory
- PublisherBloodaxe Books Ltd
- Date of Publication20/02/2006
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationTyne and Wear
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloodaxe Books Ltd
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
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