Early Bird Blues

Smith/Doorstop Books, 1993

A limited edition pamphlet






A poem from the book:

No Wonder

This love looks set to grow extremely tall.
I chart its weekly progress on the wall

the way my mum made pencil marks above
my sister’s head and mine. I’ve called it love

since it began, but now I have some proof –
infatuation stops before the roof

while love climbs bravely up to bash its head.
The bleeding starts. No wonder hearts are red.


‘Those who care about poetry should besiege the publisher for Sophie Hannah’s first book. Spectator