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Burning Babylon – Cape (2001)

  Burning Babylon
 
 
 

THE QUALITIES OF FALLOUT

Would it be conspicuous as snowflakes,
only white-hot? Or subtle as

that valley rain, which drenches
without ever being other than the air?

Is it like cyanide - odourless
to half the world, burnt almonds to the rest?

Winter solstice. Deep advent.
Darkness is thicker than ever;

people are led through dry streets
by their dogs and their troubles,

and there is a new subtext to the sky,
something of cobweb, salt and star.



Awards for this collection

- TS Eliot Prize – shortlist
- Poetry Book Society Recommendation
- K Blundell Trust Award from Society of Authors



Contents
of this book

Touched
The Qualities of Fallout
Pika
Collateral Damage
Symptoms
The Opposites
The Qualities of Dust
A Pilot’s Coat
The Absence of War
Munitions
Sorties
Protect and Survive
The Baton
A Storm
Payload
Summer Advent
Ground Zero
Dummy Runs
The Toe-Ring
The Star
Feast of the Innocents
Yule Ball
The Ram-Raid
Tented Village
A Ghost-Tree
The Sacrifice
Deposition
Friendly Fire
Melissa Jones
The List
Strange Meeting
Lament
The Disappeared
New Greenham Park
Woad
Restoration
Fauna
Second Strike
Warlords in Waiting
Common Toad
Endgame
Grave Goods
Deus Ex Machine I
The Fence
Remnant
Deus Ex Machina II
A Gift Horse
The Wanderer
Blackout


 
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