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The Air Year Reviews

The Air Year by Caroline Bird

The Air Year

Caroline Bird

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1 review

Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publication date: 27 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781784109028

The sixth collection from award-winning poet and dramatist Caroline Bird.

4 stars out of 5

"Bird’s poetry is so consistently, effortlessly fun"

The Air Year may not the subtlest or most ambitious book out this month – that’d be Will Harris’s Rendang – but it’s the one that had me reading aloud whole swathes to anyone who would listen, particularly “The Golden Age”, a hilarious portrait of a forgotten Bright Young Thing who “travelled solo by tandem bike” and “coined the phrase ‘Nope.’ ” In the prose-poem “Urban Myth”, the tale of a fighter pilot using chewing gum to plug bullet-holes mid-flight becomes an emblem of love. It’s silly and sentimental, and it’s superb.