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Published in a special signed limited edition of 500 copies to celebrate the author's 80th birthday, John Fuller's full-length narrative poem is resonant celebration of life and the things we leave behind.

‘When does a poem end?’

In this rambunctious romp of a narrative poem, John Fuller taps out the rhythms of life against the riddle of time: from his story of opportunistic art-dealer Old Billy Emerald and his fabled Shakespeare manuscript, to the ghosts of great poets and remembrances of old friends.

The Bone Flowers is a resonant celebration of the things we leave behind – in art, music and poetry – as well as a stirring memento mori to gather our rosebuds while we may.


One of England’s greatest poets – an artist unafraid to combine intellect with sensuousness


Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    January 15, 2017

    Chatto & Windus

    112 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook


    December 29, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    112 pages

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