Toby Martinez de las Rivas

A thrilling and powerful debut from an urgent new voice.

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In Terror, Toby Martinez de las Rivas leads us on a high-wire act in pursuit of a new kind of communication. By turns political, social, theological, historical and personal, the poems in this debut collection work closely with the reader, asking questions of us and encouraging us never to settle for inadequate answers. Toby Martinez de las Rivas writes with a flare and a rigour associated with some of his guiding lights: Christopher Smart, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Barry MacSweeney, Geoffrey Hill. Seeking a language which might console us, a language with which we might commune in our most intimate and terrifying moments – be these in love, in doubt, in a prayer for an unborn child, or an exploration of the kind of world we might wish to live in – Terror is a thrilling and powerful debut.

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Toby Martinez de las Rivas was born in 1978. He grew up in Somerset, then moved to the north-east of England after studying history and archaeology at Durham where he began writing. He first worked as an archaeologist and this, together with the landscape of Northumberland and the work of north-eastern writers such as Barry MacSweeney and Gillian Allnutt have…

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