All the Way Home
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All the Way Home

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All the Way Home
Jane Clarke


Jane Clarke’s powerfully moving poems respond to the Auerbach family archive of World War I letters and photographs represented by the Mary Evans Picture Library. The sequence imagines the emotional landscape of war for a brother at the Front and his sister at home. These quietly lucid and subtle poems tell one story amongst many. Combining poetry and photographs, this moving book explores the experience and impact of war, creating both a memorial and a testimony to lives lost and maimed.




The First World War was a violent rupture not just in families but whole communities, and in particular the rural way of life. With her fine tact and sensitivity to the physical rhythms of the countryside, Jane Clarke re-weaves the tender fabric of the memories that those on active service would have taken with them, and the lack their absence left for those at home. It is a kind of healing. – Philip Gross

Jane Clarke brings emotional tact and lightness of touch to this resonant evocation of one family's experience of the First World War. The poems are earthy and transcendent, intimate yet restrained. Like the music in 'The Pianist', each poem powerfully "returns us / to quietness”. –Moniza Alvi

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