Drysalter (Cape Poetry) Paperback – 4 Apr 2013
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"He displays an amazing talent for intimacy on paper – sometimes, it almost takes your breath away." (Kate Kellaway Observer)
"It's all implicit, subtle, hypnotic and often beautiful." (Monocle)
"150 poems of 15 lines, combining dazzling elegance and a rare imaginative humility." (Sean O'Brien Independent)
"150 poems of fifteen lines, tackling multiple subjects from peeling an orange to the universe's "scattergram of long-dead suns". Not a dud among them." (Adam Thorpe Times Literary Supplement)
"Roberts’ most ambitious collection offers a potent and sensory multiplicity." (Good Book Guide)
A new poetry collection from the award-winning writer of Corpus and Edgelands.
Winner of the 2013 Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection
Shortlisted for the 2013 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize
Shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Poetry Award
Shortlisted for the 2015 Portico Prize
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'One building bleeds into another. / Torch beams shrink to yellow burrs. / Headlamps fade to dandelion clocks. // Distances collapse. Shouts could cross / streets, valleys, oceans. Silence, broken / by a siren on another continent. // And what burns? Sweet and salt, / bracken, berries, hair. What new edifice / hardens within, waits for the world to sharpen?'
Warmly recommended, even if (like me) you already have far too many poetry books to fit on your shelves...
It’s as if some larger myth is at work in the world – as if between the office blocks and cars, the perfume and rain, the conferences, karaoke booths, hotels, cooking smells and coffee cups, something else is moving, something deeper. That ‘something’ can never be grasped, but it can be glimpsed, sometimes, out of the corner of our eye. In one poem, Night Freight to take a fairly random example, Symmons Roberts talks of ‘dimensions/too close and subtle for our senses.’ And that’s exactly what the collection explores and embodies.
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Very disappointed with this prize winning book, I have studied many books of poetry but find this very difficult to access.Published on 8 Mar. 2014 by antmo