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The Air Year


by Caroline Bird

Winner of the 2020 Forward Prize for Best Collection

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2020

A Telegraph Poetry Book of the Month (February 2020)

A Telegraph Book of the Year 2020

A Guardian Book of the Year 2020

The Air Year

The Air Year is a time of flight, transition and suspension: signatures scribbled on the sky. Bird’s speakers exist in a state of unrest, trapped in a liminal place between take-off and landing, undeniably lost. Love is uncontrollable, joy comes and goes at hurricane speed. They walk to the cliff edge, close their eyes and step out into the air.

Caroline Bird has five previous collections published by Carcanet. Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award.

About the Author

English poet and playwright Caroline Bird grew up in Leeds, the daughter of noted theater director and producer Jude Kelly. Bird’s first collection of poems, Looking Through Letterboxes (2002), was published when she was just 15. Her other collections of poetry include Trouble Came to the Turnip (2006); Watering Can (2009); The Hat-Stand Union (2013); In These Days of Prohibition (2017), which was shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award; and The Air Year (2020).

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Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 12.9 × 1 × 19.8 cm

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