Fire Songs

David Harsent
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ISBN 9780571316083 Format Paperback
Published 05/03/2015 Length 80 pages

About Book

The poems in David Harsent's new collection, whether single poems, dramatic sequences, or poems that 'belong to one another', share a dark territory and a sometimes haunting, sometimes steely, lyrical tone. Throughout the book - in the stark biography of 'Songs from the Same Earth', the troubling fractured narrative of 'A Dream Book', the harrowing lines of connection in four poems each titled 'Fire', or the cheek-by-jowl shudder of 'Sang the Rat' - Harsent writes, as always, with passion and a sureness of touch.

'Reading this marvellous, difficult, essential collection, it is hard to think of any poet working in this country today who is so demanding, both of himself and of the reader; harder still to think of one who is as morally and imaginatively rewarding.' John Burnside

'It is an extremely rare book that goes as deep, as far as Fire Songs ... An instant classic, but also the year's most relevant book: read it amid the flames of the news.' Patrick Davidson Roberts, The Next Review

  • About David Harsent

    David Harsent has published ten collections of poetry. Night (2011), was a Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the Costa, Forward and T. S. Eliot poetry prizes and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize. The most recent, Fire Songs, was published in 2014.

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