The Malarkey was Helen Dunmore's first poetry book after Glad of These Times (2007) and Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001 (2001), and was followed by her tenth and final collection, Inside the Wave. It brings together poems of great lyricism, feeling and artistry. Its title poem won the National Poetry Competition in 2010.
The malarkey is over in the back of the car - As soon as you turn your back, time slips. The humdrum present has become the precious, irrecoverable past. The ways in which the present longs for the past, questions it, tries to get in touch with it and stretches the power of memory to its limits, are central to this new collection by Helen Dunmore. Joseph Severn recalls Keats hurling a bad dinner out onto the steps of the Piazza di Spagna; the glamour of John Donne's portrait 'taken in shadows' seduces a new generation; the dead assert their right to walk through the imaginations of the living - These are poems and stories of loss and extraordinary rediscovery. The Malarkey is Helen Dunmore's first poetry book since Glad of These Times (2007) and Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001 (2001), a comprehensive selection drawing on seven previous collections. It brings together poems of great lyricism, feeling and artistry.
'An electrifying and original talent, a writer whose style is characterised by a lyrical, dreamy intensity' - Guardian 'One of this country's finest literary talents' - Daily Telegraph 'Dunmore gets a wonderful balance between delicate, exact, surprising language and very strong thought - which may be bitter, sardonic, or violent, tender, or wildly imaginative, but is always generous - A lovely poetic electricity runs through her poems' - Sean O'Brien & Ruth Padel, PBS Bulletin. 'This is a poet whose words can be savoured on the tongue' - Iain Crichton Smith, Glasgow Herald
About Helen Dunmore
Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was a poet, novelist, short story and children's writer. Her poetry books received a Poetry Book Society Choice and Recommendations, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award, and the Signal Poetry Award. Bestiary was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 1997. Inside the Wave won the 2017 Costa Poetry Award and went on to be named Costa Book of the Year. She won first prize in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 1990 with her poem `Sisters leaving the dance', and first prize in the National Poetry Competition in 2010 with `The Malarkey'. After making her debut with The Apple Fall in 1983, she published all her poetry with Bloodaxe. Her earlier work was collected in Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001 (2001), which was followed by Glad of These Times (2007), The Malarkey (2012), and Inside the Wave (2017), her tenth and final collection. A new retrospective, Counting Backwards: Poems 1975-2017, is due from Bloodaxe in February 2019. She published twelve novels and three books of short stories with Penguin, including A Spell of Winter (1995), winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, Talking to the Dead (1996), The Siege (2001), Mourning Ruby (2003), House of Orphans (2006) and The Betrayal (2010), as well as The Greatcoat (2012) with Hammer, and The Lie (2014), Exposure (2016) and Birdcage Walk (2017) with Hutchinson. A posthumous story collection, Girl, Balancing and Other Stories, followed from Hutchinson in 2018. Born in Beverley, Yorkshire, she studied English at York University, and after graduating in 1973 spent two years teaching in Finland before settling in Bristol.
Malarkey by Helen Dunmore
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