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Public Dream [Paperback]

Frances Leviston
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2 Nov 2007
Public Dream, Frances Leviston’s first collection of poetry, is one of the most eagerly-awaited debuts in years. Although still in her early twenties, Leviston has already received considerable acclaim for her superbly-crafted and pitch-perfect verse. However, in the apparently effortless balancing of its lyric and metaphysical concerns, in the penetration, range and originality of its thought, Public Dream shows her to possess the maturity to match that skill. This book does more than merely display promise: it announces the arrival of a singular and essential new voice.

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  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (2 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330440543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330440547
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Compelling.' -- FT Magazine

'Frances Leviston's Excellent debut...she has the enviable knack of making the dense and complex seem effortless, offering subtle conclusions...'
-- Guardian

'Frances Leviston's Public Dream is a first book of considerable assurance and promise'
-- Sunday Times

'Public Dream is an accomplished and intelligent book.'
-- TLS

'Public Dream remains one of the most promising debuts of recent years and is very mich in keeping with the mandate of the prize' -- Metro Scotland

'Superb...technical mastery and fresh, unrehearsed sensibility is what makes this collection so exciting.' -- The Times

'a fine book...mature and coherent...Frances Leviston is certainly an outstanding new talent'
-- Independent on Sunday

'excellent...she has the enviable knack of making the dense and complex seem effortless...language as refreshing as sorbet.' -- Guardian

'recalls masterpieces by Robin Robertson and William Stafford . . . . . . certainly an outstanding new talent' -- Sunday Tribune

`First book of remarkable talent, imaginative vigour and realised achievement.' -- Oxonian Review of Books

About the Author

Frances Leviston was born in Edinburgh in 1982 and later moved to Sheffield. She read English at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University. A pamphlet of her work, Lighter, was published in 2004 by Mews Press, and became the PBS Bulletin's Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2005. Her poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies including New Writing 14, Poetry Review, Poetry London, Ten Hallam Poets and the TLS. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2006.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wintry writing 9 Dec 2007
By Ben
This is a sumptuous book of poetry. It's so dark and unsettling at times that I almost laughed when Leviston wrote about coming home in high heels after a night out, I thought, nah, she doesn't do that - surely she just lives on the top floor of a rain-lashed, granite tower! But there is warmth and meditation here too. The unsettling stuff reminds me of the spookier poems James Lasdun has written.
The reason this reviewer doesn't give "Public Dream" 5 stars is because he likes, enjoys and respects it, but doesn't love it. But that's okay - it doesn't want to be loved and that's one of its redeeming, admirable qualities. It remains aloof, alone and hovering in its powers, like a storm cloud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute superlative elegance! 11 Aug 2012
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I don't usually tend to review books online (the only exception to this is if the book in question is outstandingly good or outrageously bad); fortunately, this book is just incredible! Leviston's poetry is not only packed with powerful imagery and elegant figurative language, but it also allows the mind to wander into a world created by each individual poem. She combines the archaic with the new, the romantic with the contemporary, and creates a style that is so striking that it leaves you begging for more.

I first came across Leviston's work when I watched her reading her Titian inspired poem 'Woodland Burial' on Youtube, and I was so impressed by it that I decided to purchase this book. Needless to say, I am so glad that I did! I would recommend Frances Leviston to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unspeakably brilliant 8 Dec 2007
Ever woken up after a wonderful dream and lamented the fact that you cannot put it into words? This collection of poems has done it for you. With a stupendous debut that captures fleeting emotions and transient feelings quite beautifully, rendering them into something timeless and tangible, Leviston speaks for her generation in a way that does not pander or patronise, vocalising our unarticulated and unspeakable dreams.
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