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A highly distinctive volume, The Farewell Glacier is a poetic exploration of European voyages to the Arctic, weaving together historical expeditions with voices Western, indigenous and animal, and Drake’s own experiences in the far North, territory where ‘the light suffuses everything.’ In skinny, fluid stanzas Drake tackles big questions – when does exploration become exploitation? What of global warming? As with Alice Oswald’s Dart, this volume is a serious re-thinking of what the long poem can do in the 21st Century.

Bloodaxe/paperback/£8.95/9781852249335

Dan Eltringham

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