Strands by Jean Sprackland
A Year of Discoveries on the Beach

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Her imagination, perhaps forgivably, is tripped up by the sublime. The phenomenon on the strand that is most similar in symbolic scope to Achilles's shield is the temporarily exposed prehistoric lagoon...
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Strands describes a year's worth of walking on the ultimate beach: inter-tidal and constantly turning up revelations: mermaid's purses, lugworms, sea potatoes, messages in bottles, buried cars, beached whales and a perfect cup from a Cunard liner.

This is a series of meditations prompted by walking on the wild estuarial beaches of Ainsdale Sands between Blackpool and Liverpool, Strands is about what is lost and buried then discovered, about all the things you find on a beach, dead or alive, about flotsam and jetsam, about mutability and transformation - about sea-change.
 

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JEAN SPRACKLAND's first collection of poetry, Tattoos for Mothers Day, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 1999. Her second collection, Hard Water, was published by Cape in 2003 and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award. In 2004 she was named by the Poetry Book Society as one of the 'Next Generation Poets'. Her third collection, Tilt, won the 2007 Costa Book Award. She lives in London.
 
Published May 31, 2012 by Vintage Digital. 258 pages
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Reviewed by Laurence Scott on Jul 27 2012

Her imagination, perhaps forgivably, is tripped up by the sublime. The phenomenon on the strand that is most similar in symbolic scope to Achilles's shield is the temporarily exposed prehistoric lagoon...

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