Black Sun

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ISBN 9780571333790 Format Paperback
9780571333790
Paperback
Published 01/02/2018 Length 72 pages
72

About Book

Toby Martinez de las Rivas is regarded as one of the most distinctive voices to have emerged in recent times; to some, a modern-day William Blake. The Guardian described Terror, his first book, as ‘visionary’ and ‘exciting’, the New Statesman as ‘remarkable’, and all combined to praise its brave and lucid intensity. Black Sun is a sequel of poise and clarity that is, if anything, more open and accessible than its predecessor. Beginning where Terror left off, it pursues that book’s fascination with history and with theology, with the physical body and the body of the State, with preservation and redemption.

Black Sun confronts the dark dreams and hidden powers of this world, and, through the poet’s attentive watching and wondering, offers its readers a way ‘to know – & still to resist a last despair’.

'A lucid and spontaneous lyricism . . . how unlike most of his contemporaries Martinez de las Rivas seems to be.' New Statesman

Toby Martinez de las Rivas is regarded as one of the most distinctive voices to have emerged in recent times; to some, a modern-day William Blake. The Guardian described Terror, his first book, as ‘visionary’ and ‘exciting’, the New Statesman as ‘remarkable’, and all combined to praise its brave and lucid intensity. Black Sun is a sequel of poise and clarity that is, if anything, more open and accessible than its predecessor. Beginning where Terror left off, it pursues that book’s fascination with history and with theology, with the physical body and the body of the State, with preservation and redemption. Black Sun confronts the dark dreams and hidden powers of this world, and, through the poet’s attentive watching and wondering, offers its readers a way ‘to know – & still to resist a last despair’.'A lucid and spontaneous lyricism . . . how unlike most of his contemporaries Martinez de las Rivas seems to be.' New Statesman
  • About Toby Martinez de las Rivas

    Toby Martinez de las Rivas was born in 1978. He grew up in Somerset, then moved to the north-east of England after studying history and archaeology at Durham where he began writing.

    He first worked as an archaeologist and this, together with the landscape of Northumberland and the work of north-eastern writers such as Barry MacSweeney and Gillian Allnutt have had a significant impact on the development of his own poetry. He won an Eric Gregory award in 2005 and the Andrew Waterhouse award from New Writing North in 2008. His pamphlet was published by Faber as part of the Faber New Poets scheme.

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