Ambush at Still Lake


by Bird, Caroline | Criticism/Poetry/Drama
Published on 27/06/2024 by Carcanet
Paperback | 84 pages

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Caroline Bird’s new poems show us the ambush of real life that occurs in the stillness after the happy ending. This is a collection about marriage, lesbian parenthood, addiction and recovery in which a recurring dream is playing out: a world where mums impale themselves on pogo-sticks, serial killers rattle around in basements, baby monitors are haunted by someone else’s baby and, through it all, love stays and stays like a stationary rollercoaster that turns out to be the scariest, most thrilling ride in the amusement park. Her editor welcomed the book in these terms: ‘It is bleak, repellent and hilarious in an American Psycho-ish way.

Hectic and vivid.”Vegetable crisps. The words yawn like a black hole,sucking my eyes backwards into my head until I see my own brain glowing like a radioactive cauliflower.’