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Byssus

Jen Hadfield

Byssus is Jen Hadfield's third collection, and her first after the T. S. Eliot prize-winning Nigh-No-Place. Named for the strong fibres that a mussel uses to anchor itself to the seabed, Byssus is an unsurprisingly rich and various collection – but a book first and foremost about home, and what it takes to find and forge one. Through praise poems, love poems, charms and fables, Hadfield shows how speech itself affords us a means to inhabit and merge with a landscape, through a practice of attention and careful honouring. Her language, strongly rooted in the common names she finds in the sea, shore and moor of her adopted Shetland, has already been admired for its startling originality. But Byssus is not a book content to reflect and meditate: Hadfield has made strange new objects to place among the natural, and the book builds to a profound consideration of who and what we are within the landscape.

Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 978144724110201
Published: 13/02/2014

Jen Hadfield

Jen Hadfield

Jen Hadfield lives in Shetland. Her first collection Almanacs won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003. Her second collection Nigh-No-Place won the T. S. Eliot Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. She won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition in 2012.     

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