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Faber New Poets 8

Tom Warner

Faber New Poets 8 is a pamphlet of poems by Tom Warner as part of the Faber New Poets series.

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Funded by Arts Council England, Faber New Poets aims to identify and support emerging talents at an early stage in their careers. Through a programme of mentorship, bursary and pamphlet publication, the scheme offers four poets a year the time, guidance and encouragement they require to help in the development of their work in the longer term.

In 2010, the awarded poets are Joe Dunthorne, Annie Katchinska, Sam Riviere and Tom Warner.


If it all goes wrong, midair,
I doubt I could put us down safely in a river.

I suspect I’d slam us nose first into the circuit board
of a densely populated suburb.

If I could, our rescue might be beamed across the globe;
stood on the wing as though we stood on water.

If it all goes wrong,
I doubt I could put us down.


Tom Warner was born in Mansfield in 1979. In 2001 he won an Eric Gregory Award and graduated from the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing MA with a Distinction. His poetry has appeared in a number of publications and magazines, including The Rialto and Stand, and in 2009-10 he was Poet in Residence to Newark-on-Trent. He currently lives in…

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