Poetry Book Society Recommendation
Coastal is about endings and beginnings. Jane Duran’s poems explore that transforming, constantly shifting overlap in what we remember and what we experience now. But this coastal place of the mind is also geographical: it is childhood in New England, adolescence in Chile, it is Algeria today. Themes of losing and finding, releasing and holding run through the whole collection, from poems about the last years of her mother’s life, to a sequence celebrating her son and motherhood.
Jane Duran was born in Cuba and brought up in the USA and Chile. Her poems have appeared in anthologies and selections have been published in Poetry Introduction 8 (Faber and Faber, 1993), Making for Planet Alice (Bloodaxe, 1997) and in La Generación del Cordero (Trilce Ediciones, Mexico, 2000). Her collection Breathe Now, Breathe (Enitharmon, 1995) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Enitharmon published her second collection Silences from the Spanish Civil War in 2002. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2005. She lives in London with her husband and son.
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