To be alive is to be inside the wave, always travelling until it breaks and is gone. These poems are concerned with the borderline between the living and the dead – the underworld and the human living world – and the exquisitely intense being of both. They possess a spare, eloquent lyricism as they explore the bliss and anguish of the voyage.
Inside the Wave is Helen Dunmore’s first new poetry book since The Malarkey (2012), whose title-poem won the National Poetry Competition. Her other books include Glad of These Times (2007) and Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001 (2001). This brand new edition contains work written shortly before Helen’s death in June 2017.
“The passing of Helen Dunmore in early June 2017 renders her final collection all the more powerful. Published just months before her death, the poems in this collection explore the balance between life and death through flowers, Greek mythology and, of course, the ocean, creating a poignant, pensive, yet at times celebratory tone. Featuring a poem written in her final days, Dunmore has created a beautiful, heartfelt collection. One can almost hear her words reverberating: ‘But why not keep flowering/As long as I can/From my cut stem?'”
– Rachel Rankin, Scottish Poetry Library volunteer
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