I Knew the Bride Hardcover – 20 Mar 2014
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I Knew the Bride is surely Williams's most accomplished and memorable collection to date...It confirms Williams as a poet of profound existential concerns, but one who talks levelly about life, love and death...He is currently one of the best poets we have. (Ben Wilkinson Guardian)
The poems are full of sunshine, little moments captured in full light. This book is like a ray of sunshine, in its yellow cover and with its clear, bright emotionally complex poems and I recommend that you read it. (Katy Evans-Bush Baroque in Hackney Blog)
For anyone drawn to the quotidian and the underrated sensation of melancholy, Willliams is your only man...These poems make painful reading. (Alan Taylor The Herald)
I Knew the Bride by Hugo Williams is the straight-talking, self-deprecating and profoundly moving new poetry collection from the renowned poet.See all Product Description
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‘The day is difficult to start.
I leave it on the top of a hill
the night before.’
The collection moves on to a tender sequence of love poems: ‘Our room was a summer birdcage/swinging from a hook/on the sunny side of the street’ then darkens to the title poem, an elegy to his sister. The collection finishes with the deeply moving sequence ‘From the Dialysis Ward’, about his experience of being on dialysis, awaiting a kidney transplant. In these poems the charm and plain-spokeness are set against a growing feeling of desperation: ‘You’re lucky to be alive,/ but you don’t see it like that.’ He tries to joke with the nurses, tries to make the best of a bad job. The poems are determined to affirm life in the face of uncertainty, exhaustion and pain.
Other poems, despite the surface transparency of the writing left me a bit puzzled: what exactly is this saying was the question I asked myself...
On the whole, however, strongly recommended.
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Heard the title poem on a poetry programme so bought the book. However in my view it was definitely the best poem and may not have purchased if I had read another one. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dorset Alan
a page turner! love it and have re read it several times, greatly writtenPublished 23 months ago by Katherine L