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Black Sun

Toby Martinez de las Rivas

From the brave and visionary poet of Terror (2014) comes a sequel of poise and clarity

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Toby Martinez de las Rivas is regarded as one of the most distinctive voices to have emerged in recent times; to some, a modern-day William Blake. The Guardian described Terror, his first book, as ‘visionary’ and ‘exciting’, the New Statesman as ‘remarkable’, and all combined to praise its brave and lucid intensity. Black Sun is a sequel of poise and clarity that is, if anything, more open and accessible than its predecessor. Beginning where Terror left off, it pursues that book’s fascination with history and with theology, with the physical body and the body of the State, with preservation and redemption.

Black Sun confronts the dark dreams and hidden powers of this world, and, through the poet’s attentive watching and wondering, offers its readers a way ‘to know – & still to resist a last despair’.

‘A lucid and spontaneous lyricism . . . how unlike most of his contemporaries Martinez de las Rivas seems to be.’ New Statesman

Critic Reviews

‘Sections of his verse read like a series of psalms, others as soaring meditations … the book reverberates with menace and hope.’

Maria Crawford, Financial Times summer reads
Critic Reviews

The sustained commitment and urgency of his writing is often hypnotic.

Declan Ryan, TLS
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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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