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A Suburb of Heaven
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A Suburb of Heaven is a collection built from observation and speculation. Based on artist Stanley Spencer's work in the first section and the part-imagined life of Anna O, patient zero of psychoanalysis, in the second, it is a feast for the senses. Spencer's predilection for using Biblical scenes in a rural context carries a narrative impetus that Pnina Shinebourne builds on to create revelatory poetic highs, "half-way between drunkenness and reverie". These moments of altered reality perhaps lead inevitably to the sequence on Anna O, which starts with the curiously apt line, "Transference, said Freud". From that opening, Pnina invents Anna O's history, complete with music notes and linguistic asides. The imagery here is soft against what was sold as hard science; a struggling patient's emotions set against the speculating notes of ambitious men.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Flipped Eye Publishing Limited Publication Date: 20/07/2017 ISBN-13: 9781905233526  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Pnina Shinebourne was born and grew up in Israel. Her pamphlet, Radioactive, was published in 2013 and her second pamphlet A Suburb of Heaven, won the 2014 Venture Pamphlet Award. She also won the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in 2014. Her first collection is forthcoming in 2017 with Smokestack Books. She teaches psychology at Middlesex University and lives in London.

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