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The Asylum Dance


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A Whitbread Prize-winning collection of poems that are 'lyrical, tough, often oddly sinister... and can up-end your mood like a drug or a dream' (Gordon Burn, Independent).

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John Burnside is amongst the most acclaimed writers of his generation. His novels, short stories, poetry and memoirs have won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year. In 2011 he became only the second person to win both the Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes for poetry for the same book, Black Cat Bone. In 2015 he was a judge for the Man Booker Prize. He is a Professor in the School of English at St Andrews University.


If genius is operating anywhere in English poetry at present, I feel it is here, in Burnside's singular music -- Adam Thorpe * Observer *
A poet of rare and extraordinary talent -- Michael Bracewell * Independent *
Lyrical beauty, emotional charge and unforced clarity of form... His poems are acts of revelation * Scotsman *
Burnside has a stillness and emotional restraint, a respect for the observer and observed alike which is serious, exemplary and rare * Times Literary Supplement *
Burnside's vision is of another, sacred, fragile world that co-exists with our own dailiness: his gift is the ability, through poems of a rare and exquisite precision of language, to let his reader glimpse it -- Elizabeth Burns * Scotsman *

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