Looking For - Claudia Jessop

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Looking For is the second collection of lucid narrative poetry from a poet whose senses are clearly open to the tiniest nuances of life lived in everyday objects and routines. Deceptively simple, the fine observation and careful recounting in these poems gives them a depth that can at times take on the mesmerising pulse of litany. The poetry is precise and accessible, but awakens layers of meaning articulated in the spaces between words. This is poetry at its finest. Moving from abandoned buildings to the minute details of relationships, quotidian objects – milk, streetlamps – become charged with meaning and ordinary moments take on extra significance, ‘these small hours, tight / as pips, as pills.’ as ‘I lie with my remembered days / cut like snapshot scraps;’.

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