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Paperback Published: 04/05/2020
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Each careful word in these layered, honed and elegant poems counts. Writing about her debut collection, From the Dark Room, Gillian Clarke described the work as 'truthful, brave and tender.' In this third collection, Rose takes this compassionate yet unflinching sensibility to look at ancestry and legacy. Can you see the ghost of my mother's hook nose in the subtle snub of my face? Rose asks in the title poem, before going on to investigate the many ways in which the 'godless' and 'faithless' both carry an ineluctable inheritance whilst 'not being Jewish enough'. But this is no theoretical musing. Legacy here also looks at the pain of so many human losses, from the absence of a child to bereavement, from the deep injuries of history to those of our own bodies. Framed by the dark, there is always the light of a life's pulse that insists: 'Let us sing and be glad.'

Publisher: Cinnamon Press
ISBN: 9781788640572


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Scion shows us how it feels to explore your lineage with poems that land their lines in your heart. They are technically exquisite - Sue Rose is a translator by trade. One role of both translation and poetry is to help heal partisan wounds. In today's cruel political mood, Scion should be translated into every language." - Claire Crowther

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