Book: The Full Indian Rope Trick

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The Full Indian Rope Trick

Author: Colette Bryce
Publisher: Picador

Colette Bryce’s The Heel of Bernadette was one of the most highly praised new collections of recent years. Her second, The Full Indian Rope Trick—the title poem already the winner of the 2003 National Poetry Competition—sees a leap forward in confidence and range, with Bryce’s dark lyric and darker wit finding many different voices. Whatever subject the poet takes—an Ulster childhood and the child’s growing awareness of her divided community, the surreal life of the natural world, or the more disturbing shadows thrown by our love and desire—it is always addressed with both a compelling emotional candour and an astonishingly musical intelligence.

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