Bridport Poetry Prize Shortlist 1999
James Sutherland-Smith's first full collection of poetry for almost twenty years draws on his perceptions of Eastern Europe in the years following the collapse of communism. In At the Skin Resort, he registers his own relationship with a world which has emerged not so much from pure nightmare, but from a fitful sleep where fearful dreams were succeeded by moments of clarity or utter blankness. In the cold light of day, memory of those past times is difficult to recapture with any sense of certainty.
Old ghosts materialize and bring into the present ancient grace and brutality, nostalgia and a sense of the natural world which has persisted while so much else has failed to accord with expectations.
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