Black Cat Bone

Black Cat Bone

Winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize, Black Cat Bone is the first American publication of the poetry of John Burnside

Before the songs I sang there were the songs

they came from, patent shreds

of Babel, and the secret

Nineveh of back rooms in the dark.

Hour after hour

the night trains blundered through

from towns so far away and innocent

that everything I knew seemed fictional:

—from "Death Room Blues"

John Burnside's Black Cat Bone is full of poems… (more)

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The poetry of Burnside’s Black Cat Bone is a strikingly original composite of sound and sense.


Book Details  


Publisher: Graywolf Press (July 07, 2015)

Collection: Graywolf Press

Language: English


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