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Poetry. NEED-FIRE is a sequence of letters and monologues from people connected with double monasteries in seventh-century England. The dominant voices are those of Hild, her kinswoman and successor Aelfflaed, and Ely's abbess Etheldreda. Little is known of these women; the poems begin where history leaves off. "From the moment of Hild's (Abbess of Whiby) birth to years after her death, NEED-FIRE charts the journey of one woman's extraordinary life. It never stumbles in its commitment to the story. In one poem a sparrow ...

Need-Fire 2007, Bright Hill Press

ISBN-13: 9781892471420

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