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Vertigo and Ghost by Fiona Benson

Vertigo & Ghost

Fiona Benson

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 3 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9781787330818

It sounds out the complex and ambivalent terrain of early motherhood - its anxieties and claustrophobias as well as its gifts of tenderness and love - reclaiming the sanctuary of domestic private life, and the right to raise children in peace and safety.

4 stars out of 5
John Self
4 Jan 2019

"an addictive, thrilling, sickening experience"

Vertigo & Ghost explodes into furious life with a series of poems and fragments about the Greek god Zeus and what some sources have referred to as his “erotic escapades”... overall this extraordinary cacophony of an addictive, thrilling, sickening experience... Benson has said that “when a poem first comes it’s this sort of excitement in the language and heart”, and her gift is not to lose that excitement in the finished work. Vertigo & Ghost is a book of two halves: one merely very good, the other quite out of this world.