By (author) Michael Symmons Roberts
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Half-healed by Michael Symmons Roberts
Book DescriptionThe poems in Michael Symmons Roberts's fifth collection move in a world riven by violence and betrayal, between nations and individuals. As ever, this is a metaphysical poetry rooted in physical detail - but the bodies here are displaced, disguised, in need of rescue. A man in a fox suit prowls the woods afraid of meeting true foxes, while a vixen dressed as a man moves among the powerful at society soirees. God no longer 'walks in his garden in the cool of the day', but drives through a damaged city in the small hours. At the same time a couple celebrate armistice with an act of love in an anonymous hotel room. As the judges of the Whitbread Prize noted, Roberts' poetry 'inspires profound meditation on the nature of the soul, the body, the stars and the heart - and sparks revelation.' Roberts is a poet of unusual range and dexterity, fascinated by faith and science, by the physical and the transcendental, and with this new book he confirms his position as a truly original, and thrillingly gifted, lyric poet.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780224085670
(198mm x 130mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Symmons Roberts
Deaths of the Poets, Hardback (February 2017)
From Chatterton's Pre-Raphaelite demise to Keats' death warrant; from Dylan Thomas' eighteen straight whiskies to Sylvia Plath's suicide, the deaths of poets have often cast a backward shadow on their work. In this book, two poets undertake a series of journeys - across Britain, America and Europe - to the death places of poets of the past.
Selected Poems, Paperback (May 2016)
Features a collection that reveals that all the strength and sensuality and strangeness is in there from the start. This is a metaphysical poetry for our age: rooted, steeped in the physical, but stretching for lyric completion, philosophical clarity, emotional truth.
Drysalter, Paperback (April 2013)
Like the medieval psalters echoed in its title, this collection of poems contains both the sacred and profane. It includes hymns of praise and lamentation, songs of wonder and despair, journeying effortlessly through physical and metaphysical landscapes, from financial markets and urban sprawl to deserts and dark nights of the soul.
Edgelands, Paperback (February 2012)» View all books by Michael Symmons Roberts
Passed through, negotiated, unacknowledged: the edgelands - those familiar yet ignored spaces which are neither city nor countryside - have become the great wild places on our doorsteps. This title describes mobile masts and gravel pits, business parks and landfill sites, taking us on a journey to marvel at these mysterious regions in our midst.
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Author Biography - Michael Symmons Roberts
Michael Symmons Roberts was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1963. He has published six collections of poetry and received a number of accolades including the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Award and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. As a librettist, his work has been performed in concert halls and opera houses around the world. An award-winning broadcaster and dramatist, he has published two novels, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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