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The Good Neighbour John Burnside

The Good Neighbour

John Burnside

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ISBN : 9780224075176
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96 pages
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The question of how we live together sits at the heart of this, John Burnsides ninth collection of poetry. Tensions between the need for love and the desire to be alone, between the idea that good fences make good neighbours and the fact that weMoreThe question of how we live together sits at the heart of this, John Burnsides ninth collection of poetry. Tensions between the need for love and the desire to be alone, between the idea that good fences make good neighbours and the fact that we must live with one another in order to survive and, most of all, the shifting space between self and other - between solitary experience and the real world - inform The Good Neighbour from start to finish.From intimate and sometimes painful explorations of married life to meditations on isolated communities and individuals such as the Mennonites, or the last man to speak a now-extinct Caucasian language, this is a book about intimacy and distance, about love and freedom, that touches upon the basic question of what it is to be individual in a world where there is no such thing as an individual destiny.Crafted with Burnsides customary artistry and confidence, the poems in The Good Neighbour are rich in intellectual nourishment and originality, full of light and grace and passionate care.