Forward Prize shortlist for Best Collection 2012. Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
In Paris, night falls without haste; starlings
. flock to the oak. A neighbour appears on her porch,
gives her white cloth
a conjuror's shake . . .
Brimming with light and wit and appetite, White Sheets is a book of clear-sighted affection in which neither grief nor love’s hard obligations can deflect from Beverley Bie Brahic’s delight in the pleasures of nature, art and the body.
‘These poems live and breathe in large subjects – elegies, memories, images. They move easily from urban pastorals to domestic portraits, never losing their blance, always commanding their narratives. This is a book of craft, music and a collected vision of life that provides pleasure on every page.’
– Eavan Boland