Ghost Songs - Gail Ashton

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Ghost Songs is a finely tuned collection with an ear for the voices that surround us from birth – the voices of family, of fairy tale, of myth, of strangers and the voices of ghosts: all those voices which cannot be silenced.

Gail Ashton not only hears the voices, setting them down with meticulous clarity, but she also sees the places they inhabit and takes us there.  We visit the inside of a brown vinyl bag and know a whole life through it, we walk hospital corridors and taste the fear, we visit a canal and hear the music drifting from barges. Gail Ashton conjures whole lives: poignant, affectionate, witty and lucid, this is poetry that allows the ghosts to sing.

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