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The Asylum Dance

The Asylum Dance

(2000)
A collection of poems by

 
Lucid, tender, and strangely troubling, the poems in The Asylum Dance - which won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry - are hymns to the tension between the sanctuary of home and the lure of escape. This is territory that Burnside has made his own: a domestic world threaded through with myth and longing, beyond which lies a no man's land - the 'somewhere in between' - of dusk or dawn, of mists or sudden light, where the epiphanies are.

Using the framework of four long poems, 'Ports', 'Settlements', 'Fields' and 'Roads', the poet balances presence with absence; we are shown the homing instinct - felt in the blood and marrow - as a pull to refuge, simplicity, and a safe haven, while at the same time hearing the siren call from the world beyond: the thrilling expectancy of fairground or dancehall, the possibilities of the open road. With a confident open line and complete command of the language, John Burnside writes with grace, agility and profound philosophical purpose, confirming his position in the front rank of contemporary poetry.

 
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Paperback Editions

September 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The Asylum Dance
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-224-09005-4 / 978-0-224-09005-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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June 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: The Asylum Dance (Cape Poetry)
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-224-05938-6 / 978-0-224-05938-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Kindle Editions

November 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Asylum Dance
Author(s): John Burnside
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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