Robert J. Bell | Sharp Street

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Sharp Street

Robert J. Bell - Sharp Street

Sharp Street tells the story of 140 men who died in World War I. They were all from an area of Hull that is a relic of the Industrial Revolution; growing up together, working together and supporting local Rugby teams. The poems offer a narrative of the War from the opening salvos through to the Armistice.

The central characters include Mina, a Mother of three girls and four boys who died in the conflict. One poem, Mina's Dream uses the image of running into the sea as a metaphor for the machine guns that met the men in no-man's land. Another poem, Rugs, brings us back to the contemporary conflict in Afghanistan. An end is beginning starts with the notion that you die twice: once when you stop breathing and second when people stop talking about you. The poems seek to keep the talk going.

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Sharp Street

2012 Wrecking Ball Press, ISBN 978-1-903110-49-2, 112 pages, Paperback, £10.00

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