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The Night We Were Dylan Thomas

by Mara Bergman

“Like a great photographer, MARA BERGMAN
celebrates the moment and detail at the core
of memory. Together, her poems show the great
changes families experience – the free and fearless
life of a young woman set alongside a dying mother
hanging on so she can hold a great-grandchild, the
one-sided conversations we have with the dead.

Her dynamism is infectious – you are drawn
into this family’s wonder, love, compassion, grief
and happiness. Bergman’s poems remind me of
Pablo Neruda’s belief in the driving force of love:
‘Hold on to that, don’t let it get away …’ and one
of the fi nal poems, ‘The Happiness’, delivers the
book’s message: ‘Before it leaves, I will bury it deep
enough to save.’

After reading these poems, you’ll feel braced and
ready, you’ll feel wiser and more generous, you’ll
want to hold on to moments that contain your own
astonishment.”

JACKIE WILLS

“A welcome and most welcoming varied new
collection of Mara Bergman’s richly textured
and sharply focused poems that explore and
celebrate what she memorably calls ‘the gloriously
ordinary’.”

MICHAEL LASKEY

ISBN: 9781910345511
Published May 2021

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