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Fire Songs

David Harsent

Fire Songs is the new collection from award-winning poet David Harsent.

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Winner of the 2014 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry

‘A writer we should treasure.’ Charlotte Runcie, Daily Telegraph

‘With every book [Harsent’s] stature as a truly significant writer becomes more undeniable.’ Fiona Sampson, Independent

The poems in David Harsent’s new collection, whether single poems, dramatic sequences, or poems that ‘belong to one another’, share a dark territory and a sometimes haunting, sometimes steely, lyrical tone. Throughout the book – in the stark biography of ‘Songs from the Same Earth’, the troubling fractured narrative of ‘A Dream Book’, the harrowing lines of connection in four poems each titled ‘Fire’, or the cheek-by-jowl shudder of ‘Sang the Rat’ – Harsent writes, as always, with passion and a sureness of touch.

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With every book [Harsent's] stature as a truly significant writer becomes more undeniable ... Fire Songs teems with images and ideas that manage to be both richly detailed and vividly musical.

Fiona Sampson, Independent
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A poet to lose yourself in ... His work is a dark pleasure to read and reread.

Dermot Bolger, Sunday Business Post
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A fascinating British poet, a writer we should treasure.

Charlotte Runcie, Daily Telegraph
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Reading this marvellous, difficult, essential collection, it is hard to think of any poet working in this country today who is so demanding, both of himself and of the reader; harder still to think of one who is as morally and imaginatively rewarding.

John Burnside

David Harsent has published eleven collections of poetry. Night (2011) was a Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the Costa, Forward and T. S. Eliot poetry prizes and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize. The most recent, Fire Songs, was published in 2014 and won the T. S. Eliot Prize.

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