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The Poets' Wives review a thought-provoking study of life and art

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David Park's evocative novellas examine the impact of art through the lives of three poets' wives

The thorny relationship between art and life is probed powerfully by David Park in three absorbing novellas depicting the lives of the wives of three poets, and moving ambitiously from 18th-century London to 1930s Moscow, to contemporary Ireland.

These are poets who suffer for their art, who are at odds with society. We meet William Blake's wife, Catherine, at a time when society scorns him; Nadezhda, the fascinating wife of Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, who was killed during Stalin's regime; and finally the grieving widow of a fictional contemporary Irish poet.

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