- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Impress Books (1 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907605355
- ISBN-13: 978-1907605352
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.3 x 20.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Love for Now Paperback – 1 Nov 2012
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About the Author
A poet and academic at the University of Exeter, Anthony has published four volumes of poetry and held numerous writing residencies. His latest collection, Riddance, is a poetic account of the experiences described in Love for Now. He is now in full remission.
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Then a few days ago, it said, NOW. I have no idea why.
I confess I also bought it by mistake, thinking it was one of Wilson's poetry books. However, once I did start reading, it found it an extraordinary book. I won't resort to the kind of tired clichés that so often pepper reviews on books with strongly emotive themes but I found it powerful and also lyrical. My husband, reading over my shoulder to see what I was engrossed in, said, "You can tell he's a poet. It has that quality about it."
One of the things I found resonated most was Wilson's antipathy to the language we use around cancer, the language of war-fare, of fighting or of losing battles. It's something that is also found very much amid the publicity used to raise awareness of mental health problems and as a depressive, it's long irked me that it's always couched in terms of war. I'm not sure it's even remotely helpful for either cancer or mental illness but I think that it's among the poets and the dreamers that new language and new expressions will emerge, if we can just leave aside the battles for a while.
A very balanced, well-written and deep sort of book that will stay with me for a long while. I wish the very best of continued health to Mr Wilson; thank you.
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