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 +====== Reading the Bones ======
 +{{reading_the_bones.jpg|Book cover for Reading the Bones}}
 +**[[http://​www.cannongate.net/​ReadingTheBones|Canongate]],​ ISBN 0 86241 884 4**
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 +===== From the Back Cover =====
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 +//Reading the Bones// is Janet Paisley'​s fourth collection of poetry and is further testament to her extraordinary talents. Often disturbing, yet always life-affirming,​ it readily confirms the remarkable ability shown by her last collection, //Alien Crop. Reading the Bones// has a compelling resonance which marks Paisley as an exceptional poetic voice.
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 +//Janet Paisley'​s poetry is very much 'in the world'​. With a wry, full awareness... she reads the bones of human relationships. Her concerns are the joys and threats of being a parent, a lover, a child. Far from sentimental,​ she reveals a fierce compassion for those caught in grief or danger, especially the young. She evokes well the half-understood silences of a child'​s world, and the daft obsessiveness of the lover. Her language is energetic and deceptively simple, and, unlike many, she writes with a wisdom which has surely been won from experience//​ - **Kathleen Jamie**
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 +//In// Reading the Bones, //Paisley explores relationships,​ between person and place, between lovers, but particularly those between parents and children, all the way from infancy to death. All relationships,​ conventional and aberrant, are observed with a sensitive, yet unsentimental,​ eye. She has the gift of being able to enter, fully, into the moment evoked - and to take us with her. And love, frustrated or fulfilled, is at the centre of it all -// **Aonghas Macneacail**
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 +===== Reviews =====
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 +**//Reading the Bones//** - It is a remarkable complex literary journey... **The Herald** --- //Hayden Murphy//
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 +…by turns mocking, yearning, self-deprecatory and mordantly funny, making for an astringently lyrical effect... **Scottish Book Collector** --- //Mario Relich//
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 +===== Extract =====
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 +<box 50% round poetry | **Book Extract** - Reading the Bones>
 +//**Reading the Bones**//
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 +This time it is not the child\\
 +but the man – racked and saddled\\
 +by hot sun. Over broken stone,\\
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 +alone, he walks. Still upright\\
 +though burdened with the weight\\
 +that brings down worlds. Each step\\
 +is iron hard, small insects\\
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 +dart in sharper shadows, cracks\\
 +open in the earth, and grief\\
 +is somewhere else – where water is.\\
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 +The child he walks with is dead\\
 +yet he will not set it down.\\
 +Beyond the touch of hands, he\\
 +is merciless. Does not look back\\
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 +to where he stopped last, wet\\
 +the child’s mouth – a smear of mist,\\
 +the almost kiss. Does not look\\
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 +forward though he goes, a slow\\
 +sure stepping toward the grave.\\
 +Proud head, straight back, the painful\\
 +ribs, stripped sticks of arms, and legs\\
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 +that walk and walk and walk\\
 +and are brought down more surely\\
 +by the bones I cannot read;\\
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 +bones he carries on his back.\\
 +Is it son or daughter, love\\
 +or hope, or is he saddled to\\
 +the failure of his fatherhood\\
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 +- the mouth he could not feed,\\
 +the need he could not fill, a life\\
 +he could not keep – so deep a grief\\
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 +it cannot be set down. On\\
 +and on into the hungry heat,\\
 +sweating flies, and every step\\
 +an agony of bone and breath.\\
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 +And I am trying, blindly\\
 +to read those bones – of Man,\\
 +walking his dead child home.\\
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 +</​box>​
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