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In Terror, Toby Martinez de las Rivas leads us on a high-wire act of verbal dexterity and inventive syntax in pursuit of a new kind of communication. Set against landscapes fallen just short of paradise, but which retain the possibility of redemption, these poems work intimately with the reader, interrogating us and encouraging us never to settle for inadequate answers. Formally adventurous and wide-ranging, Terror examines ideas of conflict, betrayal, sexual and divine love, history and hope, and holds each up to the light of our own fate and frailty, in search of a language which might console us, a language with which we might commune in our most private and fearful moments.
Terror is a thrilling and powerful debut.
‘Terror’s ambitious reach leads the reader into all manner of interesting territory . . . this is certainly exciting work.'
A lucid and spontaenous lyricism . . . how unlike most of his contemporaries Martinez de las Rivas seems to be . . . Terror is a bracing performance.
[An] exacting, electric first collection.
In Terror, the performed intimacy of prayer and penitence do democratic work, not least in their availability to readers who would not ordinarily swear by such practices but who find them, on occasion, needful.
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