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Today's poem is "At the parrot sanctuary"
from The Silence Living in Houses

Bloodaxe Books

Esther Morgan's Beyond Calling Distance (Bloodaxe, 2001), won the Aldeburgh Festival First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She taught creative writing for several years at the University of East Anglia. She now lives in Oxfordshire, where she divides her time between freelance arts projects and working for Social Services in their Child Protection department.

About The Silence Living in Houses:

"Esther Morgan's first collection promised that here was a significant poetic talent in the making. The Silence Living in Houses makes good on that promise with poems of outstanding beauty and a decidedly celebratory wisdom that takes nothing for granted. This is poetry of the first order by a poet who really knows how to sing."
—John Burnside

"Esther Morganís poems are full of hints and mysteries. They dance on sensuous feet while keeping a troubled eye on the music that keeps them dancing. But there are joys here as well as anxieties, and it is the two that amplify each other into such clear, poignant and resonant shapes."
—George Szirtes



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