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Neptune Blue (Salt Modern Poets) Paperback – 15 Jul 2011


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Simon Barraclough was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and has lived in London since 1996. He won the poetry section of the London Writers' Prize in 2000 and his debut, 'Los Alamos Mon Amour' (Salt Publishing) was a finalist for the Best First Collection in the Forward Poetry Prizes 2008. In 2010 he published a boxed 'minibook' of commissioned poems, 'Bonjour Tetris' (Penned in the Margins). His second full collection, 'Neptune Blue' (Salt) was published in July 2011. Most recently he edited the anthology 'Psycho Poetica' (Sidekick Books 2012).

His work appears in the anthologies 'Identity Parade' (Bloodaxe 2010) and 'Poems for Love' (Penguin 2009), along with the joint pamphlets 'Ask for It by Name' (unfold press 2008) and 'The Art of Wiring' (Ondt and Gracehoper 2011). He teaches at The Poetry School and in 2010 he devised Psycho Poetica, a collaborative celebration of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, which was performed at the BFI, The Whitechapel Gallery, Latitude Festival, the Royal Festival Hall and StAnza. In 2012 he developed the multi-media show 'The Debris Field: Salvaging the Titanic in Word, Sound and Image' with Chris McCabe and Isobel Dixon.

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Terse, offbeat vignettes are where Barraclough excels but the highlight is the book's opener, "We'll Always Have CGI Paris", which blurs social commentary, romantic comedy and rhythmic intensity to unlikely effect. (Ben Wilkinson The Guardian )

Neptune Blue is a dazzlingly inventive collection and a worthy successor to Barraclough’s critically acclaimed first collection. It is a book with a tongue in its cheek, its head way above the clouds and its feet firmly on that ‘blue-green baubled gobsmacker’ we call earth. (The Graft Review )

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In Neptune Blue, his second collection, Simon Barraclough dazzles with his luscious iconography, his intriguing observations, obsessions and predilections. These poems are complex, acrobatic, inventive, intelligent, exuberant, funny, tender and … bloody marvellous. This is a collection that will ‘rage on in the minds of many’. (Annie Freud )

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