Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore

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Inside the Wave Read Online Free - To be alive is to be inside the wave, always travelling until it breaks and is gone. These poems are concerned with the borderline between the living and the dead – the underworld and the human living world – and the exquisitely intense being of both. They possess a spare, eloquent lyricism as they explore the bliss and anguish of the voyage.

Inside the Wave, Helen Dunmore’s tenth and final poetry book, was her first since The Malarkey (2012), whose title-poem won the National Poetry Competition. Her other books included Glad of These Times (2007), and Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001 (2001), a comprehensive selection drawing on seven previous collections. Her final poem, 'Hold out your arms', written shortly before her death and not included in the first printing of Inside the Wave, was added to subsequent printings.

'An astonishing set of poems - a final, great achievement.' - Costa Poetry Award Judges Moniza Alvi, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Nick Wroe on Inside the Wave, winner of the Costa Poetry Award

'…it is just a completely standout collection... so relatable to anyone who has experienced loss on any level – and it’s incredibly moving, even if you didn’t know it was Dunmore’s final collection.' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, one of the Costa Poetry Prize judges

'It’s a phenomenal book... an absolute standout book.’ - Alex Clarke, reviewing Inside the Wave for Radio 4's Front Row (Costa Book Awards Shortlists announcement)

‘2017 saw the loss of many loved poets. Inside the Wave by the late Helen Dunmore ensures her beautiful light will continue to reach earth.’ – Carol Rumens, The Observer (Poetry Books of the Year)

‘Helen Dunmore’s final collection of poems, Inside the Wave, is heartbreaking: she was a poet always in her heart, and she left us far too soon when she died in June.’ – Erica Wagner, New Statesman (Books of the Year)

'She was – first and last – a poet. Her first collection, The Apple Fall, was published when she was 30, her last, Inside the Wave, in April this year... Her last collection is her most spare and moving. Inside the Wave is smooth as a sea pebble and liminal – poised between life and death.' - Kate Kellaway, in her tribute to Helen Dunmore in The Guardian

‘The wave in this humane and visionary collection symbolises the flow of time and tide around and over individual lives… Lying down and watching the world at eye level constitutes much of what poets and novelists do and Dunmore’s work in both genres is always alive with sensuous detail.’ – Carol Rumens, Poetry Book of the Month, The Observer

‘Henry James, in The Art of Fiction, urged the apprentice novelist to “try to be one of those people on whom nothing is lost”. In a career of great distinction, Dunmore has not only acted on the advice – as both novelist and poet – but has offered the reader a chance to share her remarkable alertness, imaginative range and generosity of spirit.’ – Sean O’Brien, The Guardian [on Inside the Wave]

'...elegiac but uplifting... This is a book that deals with mortality, but also surprises with its insights and imaginative drive.’ - Jessica Traynor, on Inside the Wave, which she reviewed on RTE Radio 1’s Arena

‘Before her death from cancer in June, aged 64, Helen Dunmore fired one last dazzling salvo with this stunning poetry collection… The poems in Inside the Wave inhabit the twilit, liminal spaces between life and death… Their pared-down quality renders them all the more moving; their bright flashes of imagery like sunlit sea-glass on dull sand.’ – Juanita Coulson, Book of the Week, The Lady

‘It is a wonderful collection, worth reading not only for the beautiful lyricism of the verse, but also for the insights into the human condition contained. It is powerful and moving without being in the least maudlin, a celebration of life made in the knowledge that it must end.’ – Frank Startup, The School Librarian

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ISBN : 1780373589
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Number of Pages : 70 pages


Roger rated it ★★★★★

January 07, 2018

Such gifts hidden in their rough hearts I don't need to go to the sun — It lies on my pillow. Without movement or speech Day deepens its sweetness. Sea shanties from the water, A brush of traffic, But it's quiet here. Who would have thought that pain And weakness had such gifts Hidden in their rough heart...

Simon rated it ★★★☆☆

January 03, 2018

It probably seems a bit harsh to give Helen Dunmore’s final poetry collection three stars. But here is where it gets tricky. Inside the Wave has become so associated with her death that rating it seems to be deemed rating her life. But I’m not. I’m rating a collection of poems which where often v...

Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

February 02, 2018

Dunmore recently won a posthumous Costa Prize for this, her final poetry collection, which meditates on the advance of death and the small blessings and everyday encounters of life. Although she’s better known for her novels, I’ve never read one; I have read three of her 10 volumes of poetry now,...

Jeimy rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2018

I bought this because it is a Costa Award winner and because I had never read anything by this author before. It was unexpected and unusual, but--and this is ultimately what I look for--very poetic. A very satisfying read.

Jon rated it ★★★★★

August 05, 2017

After coming across Helen Dunmore's poem, To My Nine-Year-Old Self in the Forward Poems of the Decade anthology, I decided to invest in more of her poetry. And in doing so, I've been exposed to poetry of a kind that hasn't had such an impact on me since reading Jo Shapcott's 2010 Of Mutability. S...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2018

Helen Dunmore’s final volume of poems, published just before her death from cancer, rightly won the 2017 Costa Book Award for poetry. As I write, it is being considered for the overall Costa Book Award. Very deservedly so. These are evocative poems, frequently very lyrical, written in spare and si...

Eteocles rated it ★★★★★

February 21, 2018

On a first read, it seems to be very two-sided, with this unusual and out of tune balance between modern images and classic echoes. Surprisingly, the book asks for a second read, and that is where the magic happens. So evocative and charming, so on point with what is going on with this crazy worl...

Chloe rated it ★★★★☆

February 02, 2018

An ethereal, mythic collection of poetry that bridges the worlds between life and death. Gave me goosebumps.

Claudia rated it ★★★★☆

January 31, 2018

This author has just posthumously won the Costa award for this book of 44 poems. I read it and I find the poems are immensely beautiful. Very poignant indeed. It's about the space between life and death. It happened to her, when she was suffering of cancer and knew her death was looming. Indeed a...

A G Bettesworth rated it ★★★★★

November 26, 2017

The first work I have read by her, and it will not be the last. She speaks directly and clearly. Poignant but never self pitying. Accessible but never trite. Will stay with you long after

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