Bureau of the Lost and Found

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Michael Henry’s latest collection is an illuminating quest for identity. The first two parts of the book chart a ‘genealogical gold rush’ following a surprise discovery of German forebears, a secret that had lain buried during two world wars. Henry pens an endearing portrait of his father, a surgeon, who is the gateway to this new found ancestry. The themes of loss and discovery, identity and knowledge run through the whole collection. Henry unfolds his world with his signature eye for detail, a gentle sense of humour and a vital intimacy that immediately draws the reader in.

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In Bureau of the Lost and Found Michael Henry’s poetry resembles W. G. Sebald’s prose in its rich understanding of the invisible connective tissues of individual lives and national cultures. A lover of the little things and the larger significance alike, he wears his erudition lightly in these wonderfully sensitive, even-humoured poems. His writing is a reminder of the fine humanity poetry should always be capable of expressing.Michael Hulse
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