John Fuller

The Bone Flowers
  • The Bone Flowers

  • ‘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.

John Fuller, born in Ashford, Kent, is an acclaimed poet and novelist. The author of eighteen collections of poetry, of these Stones and Fires (1996) was awarded the Forward Prize; Now and For a Time (2002) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize; Ghosts (2004) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award for Poetry; The Space of Joy (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, and The Grey Among the Green (1988), Song & Dance (2008) and Pebble & I (2010), were all Poetry Book Society Recommendations. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.