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I Knew the Bride Hardcover – 20 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (20 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571308880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571308880
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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I Knew the Bride by Hugo Williams is the straight-talking, self-deprecating and profoundly moving new poetry collection from the renowned poet.

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I Knew the Bride has all the famous Hugo Williams’ hall-marks – clarity, wit, a strangely oblique view of life – but the charm of the poems, the willingness to please, has darkened into a feeling for loss, aging, pain and fragility. The collection starts with his lovely ‘New Year Poem’, with its characteristic surprise:

‘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.
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First rate poet and very readable. I recommend this and all his other collections of poems.
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OK with great moments but not quite as stunning as some of his volumes
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I very much enjoyed some of the poems here, notably the long sequence on the experience of dialysis and the title poem about the poet's sister. All of these poems give us the close observation of reality - not always a pleasing reality - and are highly polished and articulate.

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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