'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.
About the Author
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.