Departure Lounge - John Barnie

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Departure Lounge returns to the theme of mortality with characteristic insight and honesty. Concerned not only with how we characterise and cope with death, but with a sense of urgency for all that is being lost, culturally or ecologically, this is deeply intelligent collection. Accessible, yet exacting; lyrical, but without a wasted word, these poems unspool in single, unassailable sentences that ring with truth.



I like their funeral director style,
their smart can-do with a touch of violence
as they swoop to the lawn for crusts

scattering sparrows;
they only know what they need to know
and were you dead they'd fly down, too,

sizing you up, folding themselves
like black umbrellas
while they strode around.

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