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The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village under the Sea: Poemsby Mark Haddon
Synopses & Reviews
From the phenomenally bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time comes Mark Haddon’s first collection of poems.
That Mark Haddon’s first book after The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a book of poetry may surprise his many fans; that it is also one of such virtuosity and range will not.
The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea reveals a poet of great versatility and formal talent. All the gifts so admired in Haddon’s prose are in strong evidence here – the humanity, the dark humour, and the uncanny ventriloquism – but Haddon is also a writer of considerable seriousness, lyric power, and surreal invention. This book will consolidate his reputation as one of the most imaginative writers in contemporary literature.
An inventive new collection of poetry by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time presents an array of bittersweet love lyrics, bold new versions of classical odes, lullabies, comic set-pieces, and wry post-modern shenanigans, all demostrating a virtuosity of voice and versatility of imagination. Original. 15,000 first printing.
A collection of poetry presents an array of love lyrics, new versions of classical odes, lullabies, and comic set-pieces that demonstrate a versatility of voice and imagination.
About the Author
Mark Haddon is a writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning children’s books and television screen-plays. He is the author of the bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which was the Whitbread Book of the Year in 2004. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.
Table of Contents
Go, little bok — A rough guide — After a beheading — Cabin doors to automatic — Green — This poem is certificate 18 — Trees — Nuns — Rescued — 1998 — The seventh circle — A tally stick — The model village — New Year's Day — Average fool — Bushings — Midas — Thunderbirds are go — Great white — Rings — Black — The penguin — Days — The river-car — Galatea — Christmas night, 1930 — Lullaby — The twilight zone — The short fuse — Miaow — Woof — Gemini — Old, new, borrowed, blue — Dry leaves — Poets — Silver nitrate — The facts — The house of the four winds — Once upon a time.
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