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Ros Barber’s second book forms a meditation on human loss; it is a more personal and autobiographical collection than her first, described by Neil Rollinson as an honest, unflinching and hugely satisfying debut’. Sarah Law described her as a "traditional" contemporary poet along the lines of Larkin’ and it is Barber’s sure hand with rhyme and meter that gives the hard material of these poems (both personal losses and those experienced through others) their steady focus and makes them so readable. Throughout, the ...

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Ros Barber’s second book forms a meditation on human loss; it is a more personal and autobiographical collection than her first, described by Neil Rollinson as an honest, unflinching and hugely satisfying debut’. Sarah Law described her as a "traditional" contemporary poet along the lines of Larkin’ and it is Barber’s sure hand with rhyme and meter that gives the hard material of these poems (both personal losses and those experienced through others) their steady focus and makes them so readable. Throughout, the poetry remains strong, thoughtful and refreshing.

Ros Barber was born in 1964 in Washington DC. She grew up in Colchester, studied Biology at the University of Sussex, and then English Literature and Philosophy with the Open University, while working as a computer programmer. Since 2000 she has worked as a freelance writer and creative writing tutor for the University of Sussex. She is married with four children and lives in Brighton.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780856464102
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Ros Barber was born in 1964 in Washington DC, but her family moved to England during her first year. She studied Biology at the University of Sussex, then English Literature and Philosophy with the Open University, while working as a computer programmer. Since 2000 she has worked as a freelance writer and creative writing tutor for the University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents

Material

Material 11

My First Three Children 14

Amusements 15

Mrs 16

Sheds 17

Denizens 18

Relatively New Development 19

Bad Mother 21

The Old Ship Hotel 22

Belated Apology 24

The Means 25

Driving Without Lights

Bones 29

Losing It 30

She Exists 32

Driving Without Lights 33

Home Visit 35

The Weight of Ink 37

A Simple Cure 38

The Caretaker 39

Flesh and Blood

Reclining Nude (Vera) 43

Shell 45

Hers Is a Lush Situation 46

Self-Portrait at Seventy 47

Missing

How to Leave the World that Worships Should 51

No Wonder Caroline Bites People 52

Out of Season 54

Girls' High Empties 55

The Women 56

Millennium Eve 57

First Access 59

Dear Diary 61

Ventriloquist 64

Nocturnal 66

What Blue Is 67

Stuck 69

Missing 70

Wrabness 73

The Recovered 75

Test Series

Maiden Innings 79

First Man Out 82

The Corridor of Uncertainty 84

Twelfth Man 87

Silly Point 91

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