|A Discoverie of Witches|
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A Discoverie of Witches (Litfest/Smith Doorstop)
Lancaster Assizes, 1612. Ten people from Pendle in Lancashire were hanged, pronounced guilty of the crime of witchcraft. Poems in this book give voice to characters involved in the trials: from the accused to the accusers, from a child who bore witness against her own mother to the hangman who carried out his job loyally and efficiently, yet not without stirrings of compassion. This collection also includes several poemsset in the Pennine countryside where Blake grew up, as well as the controversial tour-de-force 'The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper'.
The more blind, deaf, lame, arthritic,
Fetch that box of potions from my dresser,
Once they were hanged or drowned.
or an overdose of morphine –
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