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By Rebecca Perry

Rebecca Perry's debut assortment has the duality and symmetry of its name at its center. Beauty/Beauty is a e-book with tenderness operating via its veins, exploring salvation, reparation, and the fullness of being alive; the trouble of defining what love is, the heartbreak, the far flung acquaintances, the overpowering abundance of items in museums. it truly is alive with stories, with outdated loves striking round within the corners of darkish rooms, ghost mouths hidden contained in the mouth you're kissing, and eulogies to dearly departed pets. every one poem creates its personal tiny global to be lived in and explored; a stegosaurus is cherished, one million silver spiders play useless, a listing of flora just isn't an inventory of flora, cute canines are looking to be associates, the flightless develop wings, and the celebrities flip eco-friendly.

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Southend Pier is mended. September, barley month, holy month, new moon September 4th. Hundreds of people in Paris demonstrate outside the pets’ cemetery which is threatened with closure. October, month of the winter moon, over 3 tonnes of mixed biscuits block the road for 7 hours in Markeaton, Derbyshire, after a lorry turns over. The Jonagold apple, a cross between a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious, is voted most eatable apple of the year. November, slaughter month, the month of blood. A raindrop 8 millimetres in diameter is found in a cloud just east of Hawaii.

Mousse, keep chasing cats. Cutie, keep catching birds. 50 Mr Beak, now you’re free to fly. Orphie, at the end of this lonely life I’ll see you at the Golden Gate. Darling Pippin. Gentle Drag. Tender Scamp, you will never be replaced. Warmhearted Trix, you were the salt of the earth. Teddy, you aristocrat. Keep living the high life. 51 Dear Stegosaurus Bus-sized and gentle, you are master of peace, diplomacy, berries, grass, perseverance, pace. Your warm, rough belly sags with majesty over ferns, cycads and dust.

57 A 124,000,000-year-old dinosaur, found in a Surrey claypit, is officially named Baryonyx Walkeri, meaning ‘a heavy clawed creature found by Mr Walker’. December, dead month, month of yule. December 1st, new moon. December 16th marks the beginning of mince pie season. December 31st, second new moon. 58 V ■ SOME PEOPLE ARE SAID TO BE SLEEPLESS 59 My grandfather considers his life in three stages Matrimony, two children, some bad things. He has stood tall and unshaking like the dead apple tree at the end of his garden.

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