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Too Close Ann Alexander

Too Close

Ann Alexander

ISBN : 9780956660213
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Too Close is Ann Alexanders third collection of poetry and the first from Ward Wood. She has won various prizes, including first prize in the Frogmore, Mslexia, and Bedford Open competitions, and third prize from Peterloo and in the BBCs Poem for Britain competition. Several prize-winning poems appear in Too Close, including the title poem (Mslexia, 2007). Black humour, uncomfortable honesty and a reluctance to take the world at face value make these poems a pleasure to read.Ann Alexander lives in West Cornwall, and many of these poems reflect on the nature of life at the very edge of Britain. Before moving westward, she worked as an advertising copywriter in London, and uses the copywriters spare, accessible language in this entertaining, thought-provoking collection.‘Here is a poet whose work crackles with boundless energy. Her world is one of risk and daring. Familial perils and those of the wider world are addressed with unflinching observation and courage. Rooted in her Cornish experience, she nevertheless reaches out effortlessly into universal relevance. Much is dared, and her willingness to enter dangerous areas - aging, illness, mortality, the risks of love - give this collection an exhilarating edginess. There is also an accomplished and nonchalant wit at work, broadening the perspectives of these poems, creating a humane and true-hearted collection.’Penelope Shuttle 9th October 2010