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In Nearby Bushes by Kei Miller

In Nearby Bushes

Kei Miller

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publication date: 29 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781784108458

The highly anticipated new collection from Forward Prize-winner Kei Miller explores his strangest landscape yet - the placeless place. Here is a world in which it is both possible to hide and to heal, a landscape as much marked by magic as it is by murder.

3 stars out of 5

"[Miller] combines biting social satire with moments of tender beauty"

A daring, unforgettable final section takes us inside the mind of a murdered woman from one such news report, watching herself decompose in the undergrowth; it combines biting social satire with moments of tender beauty... Like Miller’s last, Forward Prize-winning collection, 2014’s The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, In Nearby Bushes demands to be devoured whole. It builds on that book’s strengths, but shares its weaknesses; the trade-off for such vivid immediacy is diminishing returns on a third or fourth reading. But its strengths are formidable.