Martyn Crucefix

A Madder Ghost


Dimensions: 216 x 138mm
ISBN: 9781900564106
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback

A madder ghost haunts us all – in our resemblance to earlier generations, in the eagerly looked-for features of the newly-born. In Martyn Crucefix’s startlingly original new book, this apparition is at moments glimpsed as a solitary wanderer, at others, a figure of confidence, proclaiming something akin to Shelley’s Romantic ‘madness’ that nothing in the world is single. By turns shocking, honest, extraordinarily tender, separate poems are built, through a deft and exciting narrative control to sequences concerning the birth of a child, the illness of a father and a dramatic meditation on the author’s own ancestry of persecution and exile.


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