Alison Brackenbury

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Alison Brackenbury (born 1953 Lincolnshire ) is a British poet.


After studying at Oxford University she now lives in Gloucestershire.[1] Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review,[2] Ploughshares.[3] Stand,[4]




Singing in the Dark is Alison Brackenbury's seventh collection of poetry. Her work has always been characterised by a concern with stillness and natural detail, by a closeness to the ballad form, and, most of all, by a quiet lyricism and delight that is constantly being challenged, constantly under threat. The book's title is taken from the opening poem, "Edward Thomas's daughter", in which the final stanza sets up the book's challenge:

"The robin brushes me at dusk. /
Our good bones fail. We leave no mark. /
His voice, she writes, was clear and quiet. /
I hear him singing in the dark."

That last line captures a sense not only of fragility but also of defiance and this distinctive combination underpins the new collection.[5]


  1. ^ "The Chimaera, October 2007: Alison Brackenbury". Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Alison Brackenbury". The Kenyon Review. 17: 77–78. 1995. JSTOR 4337249. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Read By Author | Ploughshares". Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  4. ^ Stand. 
  5. ^ Charles Bainbridge (8 March 2008). "At home with the horses". The Guardian. 

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