Essex Clay – Andrew Motion


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Andrew Motion’s prose memoir, ‘In the Blood,’, was widely acclaimed, praised as ‘an act of magical retrieval’ (Daily Telegraph) and ‘a hymn to familial love’ (Independent). Now, having left UK shores and the bounds of his laureateship, Motion looks back once more to recreate a stunning biographical sequel – but this time, in verse. ‘Essex Clay’ rekindles, expands and gives a tragic resonance to subjects that have haunted Andrew Motion throughout his writing life. In the first part he tells the story of his mother’s riding accident, long unconsciousness and slow death; in the second he remembers the end of his father’s much longer life; in the third he describes an encounter that deepens the poem’s tangled themes of loss and memory and retrieval.