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Mrs Perkins and Oedipus (Paperback)
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Mrs Perkins and Oedipus (Paperback)

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Paperback 64 Pages / Published: 29/04/2004
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Elizabeth Bartlett's powerfully evocative poems are remarkable for their painfully truthful insights into people's lives. She worked for many years in the Health Service, and Peter Forbes has called her poetry's chronicler of today's 'damaged Britain'...'She writes about people in extreme states, some of which she has experienced herself...' In her 80th birthday collection, Mrs Perkins and Oedipus, she mourns the loss of her husband and squares up to ill fortune, but recalls past loves and times with openness, honesty and stoically grouchy humour.

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781852246686
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 113 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 5 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A kind of weird cross between Anne Sexton and Philip Larkin, Bartlett has more to say about a pitiful Britain over the last 40 years than almost any other poet I can think of. -- Adam Thorpe * Observer *
She fills her poems with ordinary, awkward lives and voices, fleshing out her casebook with a deftness that is only apparently offhand, unshockable. The emotional payload is in fact often dizzying. -- Carol Rumens * Poetry Review *
Truthful, powerful and unexaggerated. The deprivations of childhood become the deprivations of adulthood and then the disappointments and loneliness of middle age. But Ms Bartlett is captain of her own soul... heartening and liberating. -- Peter Porter * Observer *

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