A Scattering and Anniversary

Poems by Christopher Reid

  • Published: Aug 27, 2020

An exploration of love and loss by the renowned Costa Awardwinning poet You lived at such speed that the ballpoint script running aslant and fading across the faded blue can scarcely keep up. Many words are illegible. I miss important steps.Your movements... read more

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Details of A Scattering and Anniversary

Exact title of the book
A Scattering and Anniversary
Book author
Christopher Reid
ISBN
9780374716356
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Oct 10, 2017
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
96
File size (in PDF)
864 kB

Some brief overview of book

An exploration of love and loss by the renowned Costa Awardwinning poet You lived at such speed that the ballpoint script running aslant and fading across the faded blue can scarcely keep up. Many words are illegible. I miss important steps.

Your movements blur. I want to follow, but cant. A Scattering is a book of lamentation and remembrance, its subject being Christopher Reids wife, the actress Lucinda Gane, who died of cancer at the age of fifty-five.

First published in the UK in 2009 to wide acclaim, winning the Costa Book of the Year, this moving and fiercely self-reflective collection is divided into four poetic sequences. The first was written during a holiday a few months before Ganes death with the knowledge that the end was approaching; the second recalls her last courageous weeks, spent in a hospice in London; the third continues the exploration of bereavement from a variety of perspectives; and the fourth addresses her directly, celebrating her life, personality, and achievements. Paired for the first time with Anniversary, which was written to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Ganes death, A Scattering and Anniversary brings the poet into dialogue, again, with the wife he loved.

A moving exploration of the stages of grief and how the "weighty emptinesses" that remain after bereavement change us, A Scattering and Anniversary shows us what it means to love, lose, andforever changedcontinue on.

About author

Reid is the author of many books of poems, including A Scattering (winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award) and The Song of Lunch. From 1991 to 1999 he was the poetry editor at Faber and Faber, Ltd., where he worked with Ted Hughes on such books as Tales from Ovid and Birthday Letters, and later edited Letters of Ted Hughes (FSG, 2007). He is now a freelance writer and lives in London.

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