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The Cyprian

80 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published September 2023
ISBN 9781922725776

The Cyprian

Amy Crutchfield

A powerful debut which interrogates the nature of love in all its various forms.

From poems of desire and sexual longing to poems of love in the face of death, The Cyprian explores the joy and heartbreak love weaves into our lives. The collection confronts some of our primary questions about love: how is it possible to accept the death of the beloved? What role does deception play in love? When does love become a force of exploitation? The collection is composed of five parts, reflecting different aspects of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty – a complexity which is also implicit in the ambiguity of the book’s title, ‘the Cyprian’.

Crutchfield trained as a classicist, and her poetry combines conversational idioms with mythic visions of human relationship, ‘longing and its/ fierce metamorphosis’. Elegies, love poems and imagistic snapshots mix with wide open epistolary verse. Her poetry reclaims the linguistic power and range of allusion found in late romantic poets like Christopher Brennan and Francis Webb, bringing them to bear on contemporary female experience.

Truly, it’s a joy.
Weekend Australian

Good, sad, wise, surprising.
Sydney Morning Herald

Amy Crutchfield’s poems are remarkable for their clarity and lucidity, for their complex balancing of authoritative statement and strange unsteadying question, of subtle and surreal observation. They have, at times, a depth of anguish, coupled with a steeliness and wit that recalls Gwen Harwood.
Petra White

About the Author

Amy Crutchfield

Amy Crutchfield studied Classics and Law at the University of Melbourne. Her poetry has been published in Australia, the UK and Ireland. She has worked as a teacher and a lawyer. The Cyprian is her first book.

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‘The Cyprian by Amy Crutchfield, with Graeme Miles’ — Ratbag Poetics (podcast)

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‘This book is not named for an imaginary figure from myth, or a character consigned to history, but rather the force she represents. A force which persists – fierce, intractable and undiminished.’

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