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O Positive

O Positive

ISBN
9780571342556
Published
04/04/2019
9780571342556
Format
Paperback
Price
£10.99
Paperback
64

About the Book

O Positive is the long-awaited debut collection of poetry from Joe Dunthorne, and it has all the appeal of his widely acclaimed fiction.

Adopting a sunny, genial tone, Dunthorne lures the reader to darker places, exploring death and dread, failure and regret – the ‘lounge of our suffering’. Often, he catches us off-guard: a ‘whiplash’ effect where poems shift from laughter to slaughter in a moment. Impertinent owls, an immersive theatre troupe, ancient men from the Great War and idiot balloonists – such characters dramatise our human fancies and foibles, joining the protagonist in scenarios both humorously bizarre and all-too-familiar. These performances serve to probe and unpeel the layers of the self – all the way down to the raw.

O Positive is the long-awaited debut collection of poetry from Joe Dunthorne, and it has all the appeal of his widely acclaimed fiction. Adopting a sunny, genial tone, Dunthorne lures the reader to darker places, exploring death and dread, failure and regret – the ‘lounge of our suffering’. Often, he catches us off-guard: a ‘whiplash’ effect where poems shift from laughter to slaughter in a moment. Impertinent owls, an immersive theatre troupe, ancient men from the Great War and idiot balloonists – such characters dramatise our human fancies and foibles, joining the protagonist in scenarios both humorously bizarre and all-too-familiar. These performances serve to probe and unpeel the layers of the self – all the way down to the raw.
  • Joe Dunthorne

    Joe Dunthorne was born and grew up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, was translated into twenty languages and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the Society Of Authors’ Encore Award. His latest is The Adulterants. A collection of his poems, O Positive, was published by Faber in 2019.
“‘This slim volume is the debut poetry collection from the author of Submarine and The Adulterants. Dunthorne’s poems, with titles like ‘I wanted to see how unhappy I could get’, are poignant snapshots of modern life – funny, but in a sad sort of way. There are poems about rejection and insecurity, owls and idiot balloonists, and always giving The Signs of Saturn as a calculated gift. There are surprising shifts and moments of tenderness, and every now and then come bursts of joy – like water bombs at a garden party where no one gets along.’”
- Tatler, 10 Books to Read this Spring
“[Dunthorne's] debut collection has been keenly awaited. [He] has a comic sensibility with a touch of the bizarre and a keen eye for the foibles of modern life.”
- Financial Times