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A Dance with Hermes
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Having worked for many years in both conventional and alternative education, Lindsay Clarke is a freelance writer living in Somerset, whose work has been widely translated. His novel The Chymical Wedding won the Whitbread Fiction Award in 1989 and more recently The Water Theatre was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award. He is an Associate of the MA Creative Writing Programme at Cardiff University and Creative Consultant to the educational work of the Pushkin Trust in Northern Ireland. Jules Cashford is a scholar of mythology, symbolism and folklore and also a Jungian analyst.

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'Clarke brings his considerable erudition and love of language to allow the intellectual and the poetic mind to come together, imagining where and how Hermes might be concealed in everyday life - the whisper in the inner ear, the sudden silence when "the air hangs watchful," or "the fitful flare that lights our way."' Jules Cashford 'This is an impressive collection, with an ancient and perennial wisdom, and language that is modern, even "street-wise" without being cheap. I admire the range of contemporary reference; the "voice" of these poems suggests a real freedom of mind, and expresses a live imagination.' Jeremy Hooker 'Deft, witty, wing-footed - Lindsay Clarke's poems wonderfully embody what they describe: the god Hermes, who is comprehensively shown to be just as revelatory and double-dealing in the digital age as he ever was in antiquity.' Patrick Harpur

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