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Deep Field [Paperback]

Philip Gross

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24 Nov 2011
In his nineties Philip Gross's father, a wartime refugee, began to lose his several languages, first to deafness, then profound aphasia. Deeply thought as well as deeply felt, these poems reach into that gulf to find him - through recovery of histories both spoken and unspoken as well as an excavation of the spoken word itself. Readers who admired Philip Gross's subtlety and range in his T.S. Eliot Prize-winning collection The Water Table will find those qualities brought to a new human urgency in the compelling sequences of Deep Field.

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Born in Cornwall, spending most of his teenage weekends on Dartmoor, Philip Gross has a feel for wild places and ideas. He now lives in Bristol and he finds that wildness in the city too.

Philip is a well-known poet for both adults and children, and his work has never been afraid to tackle real-life issues. The Wasting Game, shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, dealt with anorexia.

Philip is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan.

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'A book of great clarity and concentration, continually themed but always lively and alert in its use of language. Gross takes us from Great Flood to subtly invoked concerns for our watery planet; this is a mature and determined book, dream-like in places, but dealing ultimately with real questions of human existence.' --- Simon Armitage, T.S. Eliot Prize judges' comment.

'Great poetry is like walking on water. In this paradoxical, humane collection, Philip Gross achieves that miracle.' --- Polly Clark, Guardian.

'Haunting, vividly imagined poems, whose fierce intelligence is gentled by the sonorous grace of the language - A considerable poetic talent offers us an elegant and subtle re-evaluation of the modern world.' --- Sarah Crown, The Guardian.

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Philip Gross is Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University. He has published seven books with Bloodaxe, including Deep Field (2011), The Water Table (2009), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, The Egg of Zero (2006), Mappa Mundi (2003), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and Changes of Address: Poems 1980-1998 (2001), his selection from earlier books including The Ice Factory, Cat's Whisker, The Son of the Duke of Nowhere, I.D. and The Wasting Game. His book I Spy Pinhole Eye (Cinnamon Press, 2009), a collaborative work with photographer Simon Denison, won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2010. He is also the author of ten highly-praised novels for young people. Born in Cornwall, he lived in Bristol and Bath for many years, and now lives in Penarth in South Wales.

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