The Frost Fairs (Paperback)

John McCullough

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"The Frost Fairs" is a compassionate book with a global and historical scope, tackling science and city life from a range of surreal yet poignant angles. It explores love in many forms, from modern transatlantic relationships to hidden gay and cross-gendered lives from the past. The pieces travel from ancient Alexandria to twenty-first century bars and council estates, behind everything the vastness of the sea and sky. The array of voices here is striking: taxi drivers report their most outlandish fares and hermaphrodite statues flirt with observers; abandoned lovers watch frost fairs melting on the Thames and drag queens revel in the freedoms afforded by the Blitz. Formally deft and carefully crafted, this diverse range of poems uses language that is always musical and alive. Surprise and the uncanny are cherished as ways of returning to us the strange leaps and enduring power of our deepest yearnings. In this collection, longing and losing condition all we see and hear, making the impossible suddenly plausible. Whether exploring Brighton seascapes or questions of empire, there is always in McCullough's writing an openness to seeing the world from an alternative point of view. At once bold and haunting, "The Frost Fairs" opens the door to a new country in the reader's imagination in its exploration of the possibilities of the human heart.


Product Details

  • Product code: ABJMJ
  • ISBN: 9781844713981
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.8cm x 12.9cm
  • Pages: 80
  • Book points: 7

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