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Inside the wave

Inside the wave

Dunmore, Helen, 1952-2017, author

"To be alive is to be inside the wave, always travelling until it breaks and is gone. These poems are concerned with the borderline between the living and the dead - the underworld and the human living world - and the exquisitely intense being of both. They possess a spare, eloquent lyricism as they explore the bliss and anguish of the voyage."--Publisher information

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Hexham: Bloodaxe Books, 2017

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Statement of responsibility: Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 1780373589, 9781780373584
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: 63 pages ; 22 cm
Subject: English poetry.; English poetry 21st century.
Uniform Title: Poems. Selections


  1. Counting Backwards
  2. The Underworld
  3. Shutting the Gate
  4. In Praise of the Piano
  5. Re-opening the old mines
  6. Inside the Wave
  7. Odysseus to Elpenor
  8. Plane tree outside Ward
  9. The shaft
  10. Leave the door open
  11. My life's stem was cut
  12. The Bare Leg
  13. The Place of Ordinary Souls
  14. My daughter as Penelope
  15. The Lamplighter
  16. The Halt
  17. Bluebell Hollows
  18. A Loose Curl
  19. Festival of stone
  20. A Bit of Love
  21. Winter Balcony with Dunnocks
  22. Mimosa
  23. Nightfall in the IKEA Kitchen
  24. The Duration
  25. At the Spit
  26. Terra Incognita
  27. Four cormorants, one swan
  28. Girl in the Blue Pool
  29. February 12th
  30. What shall I do for my sister in the day she shall be spoken for?
  31. In Secret
  32. All the breaths of your life
  33. Her children look for her
  34. Cliffs of Fall
  35. Five Versions from Catullus
  36. Through Babel of Nations
  37. Undone
  38. Sirmio
  39. Dedication
  40. Sparrow
  41. Rim
  42. On looking through the handle of a cup
  43. Ten Books
  44. Subtraction
  45. My people
  46. September Rain