No Hiding Place

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Bloodaxe Books, 1996 - Poetry - 62 pages
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Tracey Herd has been influenced by detective stories and fairy tales (with their battles between good and evil), and movies with Marilyn Monroe and Kay Kendall. Her title poem takes the style of a 1950s film noir, with echoes of Raymond Chandler, illustrating the thought pervading many of Herd's poems that there is no hiding place from death, God, and Judgement Day. As one critic abroad has stated, Herd's strange personal iconography becomes steadily more charged and disturbing as her obsessive, darkly sexual poems accumulate. Terrible chasms seem to lurk beneath even the most innocently domestic of her subjects. These poems clearly compelled themselves to be written.

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Contents

The Survivors
9
The Bathing Girls
10
11
11
The Snow Storm
12
Soap Queen
13
The Pink Rose Rings
14
Sir Ivor
15
In the Glassy Stream
16
Pat Taffe and Arkle
32
Marilyn Climbs Out of the Pool
33
On Location
34
Indian Summer
35
The Understudy
36
The Dungeon
37
The Nightmare of the Gallops Watcher
38
Playing the Clown
39

Words of Love
17
Girl Detective
18
The Siege
20
Stallion Graveyard Kentucky
21
Rosery
22
The Tapestry
23
Missing
24
Coronach
25
The Dinner Party
26
Paris in the Spring
27
The Gatecrashers
28
The Sun Slips Over
30
Brief Encounter
31
Big Girls
40
After the Impossible Dream
41
The FrontRunner
43
The Exhibits
44
The Bully
45
Sleepless
46
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47
On the Glittering Beaches
48
Hyperions Bones
49
Artifice
50
No Hiding Place
51
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