Prince Rupert's Drop

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Prince Rupert's drop, a rare curiosity of the glass-making process, is a tear of glass at once resilient and fragile which explodes dramatically when the glass shatters. This tension—between the beauty and sense of almost inevitable loss inherent in the things we admire most—is a key to many of the poems in Jane Draycott's first full-length solo collection. The long central poem, "Braving the Dark," written after her brother's death from AIDS at the age of 30, is particularly fraught with this tension. Dramatic, ...

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Overview

Prince Rupert's drop, a rare curiosity of the glass-making process, is a tear of glass at once resilient and fragile which explodes dramatically when the glass shatters. This tension—between the beauty and sense of almost inevitable loss inherent in the things we admire most—is a key to many of the poems in Jane Draycott's first full-length solo collection. The long central poem, "Braving the Dark," written after her brother's death from AIDS at the age of 30, is particularly fraught with this tension. Dramatic, quietly surreal, the poems in Prince Rupert's Drop hide a sense of decay and transience beneath the energy of their detail.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780192881090
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/5/1999
  • Series: Oxford Poets Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Draycott is co-author of a book about St Christina and author of a book of poems, No Theatre, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize.

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Table of Contents

When I woke, the darkest dreams continued 1
Silence, Drift, Aeroplane 2
Braving the Dark 3
Jacob Wrestles with the Angel 7
Foreign Bodies 8
Amateur Radio 9
In Memory of Henry West 10
Surveillance 11
Riot 12
On the Demolition of the Regal 14
Prince Rupert's Drop 17
Wedding Breakfast 18
The Levitation of St Christina 19
The Tunnel 20
Salvation as a Diving-Suit 21
St. Christina Settles Down in a Convent after her Miraculous Time as a Bird 22
Relic 23
Elbow 24
Land Girl 26
War Widow 27
Call-Up 28
The Tea-Makers 29
Dior Fashion-Plate 1947 31
Lady Grange on St. Kilda 32
No Theatre 33
Theatrophone 34
The Cutting-Room 36
Cosmonaut 1992 37
The Pathologist and the National Trust 39
Tita and Disraeli 40
Summer Exhibition 42
Dig 43
Thyme 44
Public Footpath 45
Ogress 46
Timed Exposure 47
The First Week 48
We All Know that You're Going 49
Bathrooms 50
Trident Papa India 52
Admission 53
What matters 54
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