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Ruth Padel

Ruth Padel is the author of eleven poetry collections, as well as numerous works of fiction, non-fiction and criticism. She is Professor of Poetry at King’s College London​. Her latest book is Emerald (Chatto & Windus, 2018).

SALON NOIR by Ruth Padel

When we went down into the cave / this summer in the Pyreneesafter her death / had opened the vein to a year of reckoning / across the whole family everyone upset / / both of them dead within six hours / on the same night a hundred miles apart / my mother and my aunt her sister-in-law / our...

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