'Her voice can be cutting as well as lyrical... Fainlight is terrific on the subject of ageing' - helen dunmore, Poetry Review 'Bright and glittering...Her work has matured elegantly, and this too is an exhilarating book ' - margaret drabble, Guardian (Books of the Year) 'The drive is towards the perception at the end. The poem feels its way forward, talking as it goes...Fainlight is concerned with the soul' - george szirtes, London Magazine 'She combines, often in one poem, the personal and the austerely detached, and excels at the uncanny note of casual recognition' - The Oxford Companion to English Literature 'One rarely meets with such exotic writing outside the pages of Wallace Stevens, and this has the advantage of being totally intelligible' - neil curry, The North
About the Author
ruth fainlight has published twelve collections of poems as well as short stories, translations and libretti. Born in New York City, she has lived mostly in England since the age of 15, most of this time in London. Her most recent books are Selected Poems (Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995), Sugar-Paper Blue (Bloodaxe Books, 1997), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, and Burning Wire (Bloodaxe Books, 2002).