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The central theme of Carole Satyamurti’s new collection is the shifting relationship between loss and gain. The poems in Countdown range from the personal to the political, the psychological to the scientific, many addressing the human cost of war and terror, most notably in ‘Memorial’, written after a visit to Oradour-sur-Glane, the still desolate French village where six hundred innocent people were massacred in 1944. A sense of the transience and fragility of life runs through all the poems, the questions of ageing and mortality addressed with both seriousness and humour, and an ever-sharp eye for detail.

"Carole Satyamurti’s poems look to be stations on a road map of psychological discoveries, sometimes personal, sometimes objective and scientific. Her best poems are not so much confessions as meditations."
Anne Stevenson, The London Magazine

"Her unobtrusive approach is deceptive – these poems have unexpected stings in their tails."
Penelope Shuttle

Carole Satyamurti is a poet and sociologist who lives and works in London. She won the National Poetry Competition in 1986, and a Cholmondeley Award in 2000. This is her first new collection since Stitching the Dark: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2005), which drew on her previous collections Broken Moon (1987), Changing the Subject (1990), Striking Distance (1994) and Love and Variations (2000). Her translation from the Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata is forthcoming from Norton.

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