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In the Orchard, the Swallows - Peter Hobbs

Brief and tragic story of a life shattered by brutality. The imagery is fresh and poignant in the unnamed protagonist's extended letter to the object of his fatal teenage passion; simplicity gives the work poetic force, like a really good pop song.

For me the best aspect of the book is the kindness shown to the protagonist by the poet Abbas, which is beyond formality and habit.