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House of Lords and Commons

House of Lords and Commons

Last 1 in stock
ISBN
9780571340149
Published
02/11/2017
9780571340149
Format
Hardback
Price
£12.99
Paperback
80

About the Book

‘Exquisite’ (New Yorker), ‘breathtaking’ (Los Angeles Times), ‘baroque and moon-lit’ (Boston Globe) – House of Lords and Commons enthralled readers in the Americas when it recently appeared, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and being widely applauded in ‘books of the year’. No wonder this first British publication is a significant and much anticipated event.

Ishion Hutchinson’s book is a profound engagement with culture and landscape, seascape and language, inheritance and race. It speaks – as its title implies – to a pursuit of justice and rebalance of a world in which lords and commoners must live side by side, and where the distance between those who ‘have’ and those who ‘have not’ is a more breaching and surprising journey than we perhaps once thought.

The poems convey the complex allure of Hutchinson’s native Jamaican landscape, and the violent forces that shaped its history, with remarkable lyric precision. But they speak far beyond Caribbean experience, thanks to the author’s uncanny ability to reach the universal within the local.

House of Lords and Commons is a skilfully crafted and tender expression of human experience in a world of prejudice and danger that is also a world of intense colour, remarkable music, indefatigable love.


‘Ishion Hutchinson’s darkly tinged yet exuberant new poems are the strongest to come out of the Caribbean in a generation.’ William Logan, New York Times Book Review

‘Exquisite’ (New Yorker), ‘breathtaking’ (Los Angeles Times), ‘baroque and moon-lit’ (Boston Globe) – House of Lords and Commons enthralled readers in the Americas when it recently appeared, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and being widely applauded in ‘books of the year’. No wonder this first British publication is a significant and much anticipated event. Ishion Hutchinson’s book is a profound engagement with culture and landscape, seascape and language, inheritance and race. It speaks – as its title implies – to a pursuit of justice and rebalance of a world in which lords and commoners must live side by side, and where the distance between those who ‘have’ and those who ‘have not’ is a more breaching and surprising journey than we perhaps once thought. The poems convey the complex allure of Hutchinson’s native Jamaican landscape, and the violent forces that shaped its history, with remarkable lyric precision. But they speak far beyond Caribbean experience, thanks to the author’s uncanny ability to reach the universal within the local. House of Lords and Commons is a skilfully crafted and tender expression of human experience in a world of prejudice and danger that is also a world of intense colour, remarkable music, indefatigable love.‘Ishion Hutchinson’s darkly tinged yet exuberant new poems are the strongest to come out of the Caribbean in a generation.’ William Logan, New York Times Book Review
“‘Hutchinson maps a new literary territory, one that is borderless and timeless. With deep erudition and vulnerability, his poems unfix history’s grand narratives and he bravely sings into an unsung past.’”
- Sandeep Parmar, Guardian
“'Hutchinson’s is an adjective-rich, sea-lit, gorgeous, post-Walcott voice in poetry’s transnational conversation. Born in Jamaica, America-based, culturally super-sensed (yes, even alert to the weirdness of Westminster), this poet steers a tight ship, set deep in its origins, certain to voyage far.'”
- Carol Rumens, Guardian, Poetry Books of the Year

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