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Feel Free

Feel Free

Last 2 in stock
ISBN
9780571341733
Published
17/01/2019
9780571341733
Format
Paperback
Price
£10.99
Paperback
88

About the Book

SHORTLISTED FOR THE T. S. ELIOT PRIZE 2018

Nick Laird has been an assured and brilliant voice in contemporary poetry since his acclaimed debut, To a Fault, in 2005. Feel Free, his fourth collection, effortlessly spans the Atlantic, combining the acoustic expansiveness of Whitman or Ashbery with the lyricism of Laird's forebears Heaney, MacNeice and Yeats. With characteristic variety, invention and wit (here are elegies, monologues, formal poems and free verse) the poet explores the sundry patterns of freedom and constraint - the family, the impress of history, the body itself - and how we might transcend them.

Feel Free is always daring, always renewing, and Laird's most remarkable work to date.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE T. S. ELIOT PRIZE 2018Nick Laird has been an assured and brilliant voice in contemporary poetry since his acclaimed debut, To a Fault, in 2005. Feel Free, his fourth collection, effortlessly spans the Atlantic, combining the acoustic expansiveness of Whitman or Ashbery with the lyricism of Laird's forebears Heaney, MacNeice and Yeats. With characteristic variety, invention and wit (here are elegies, monologues, formal poems and free verse) the poet explores the sundry patterns of freedom and constraint - the family, the impress of history, the body itself - and how we might transcend them.Feel Free is always daring, always renewing, and Laird's most remarkable work to date.
  • Nick Laird

    Nick Laird was born in 1975 in Co. Tyrone, and studied English at the University of Cambridge, where he won the Quiller-Couch Award for creative writing. His debut collection, To a Fault (2005), won the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize; his second, On Purpose (2007), the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He is the author of two novels and lives in London.

“'Throughout this outstanding collection, there is the sense of an elsewhere, at once tantalisingly close and unreachable . . . it reads like a gift . . . the greatest joy of reading this unmissable collection is Laird’s peripheral vision as a poet’”
- Kate Kellaway, OBSERVER POETRY BOOK OF THE MONTH
“'Laird’s poems, in a variety of ways, fix their sights on constrictions: formal poetry, the finite nature of language, the limitations that inevitably come with parenthood and domesticity, and the inevitability of aging, sickness and death ... Few contemporary poets can make old poetic forms feel natural and lyrical the way Laird can.'”
- Eleanor Stern, The London Magazine

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