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Description - Soft Keys by Michael Symmons Roberts

'These are complex poems of darkness and radiance, miracle and desolation. And behind their answering energies, an awareness of the scintilla of grace.'Pauline Stainer

When Corpus won the Whitbread Poetry Award, the judges described it as 'an outstanding, perfectly weighted collection that inspires meditation on the nature of the soul...reading it feels like making an exciting discovery and coming back to an acknowledged classic all at once.' Michael Symmons Roberts' first book, Soft Keys, was the original and most exciting discovery of all.The poems in Soft Keys engage in a search for meaning and order in the everyday and in the extraordinary - a locust officer tracking swarms in an African desert, a hobbyist building a replica of the world out of matchsticks, a chance encounter with the French mystic Simone Weil playing video games in a Torquay arcade... Richly inventive, and written in a wide diversity of poetic forms, Soft Keys looks for those places and moments where the curtain between earth and heaven is thinnest; it was a powerful, arresting debut and the beginning of a remarkable career. As Les Murray said at the time- 'Like Nijinsky, he can leap into the air and stay there. You can reach up and feel the thump of the stage finely persisting in an ankle bone. Roberts is a poet for the new, chastened, unenforcing age of faith that has just dawned.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224090018
ISBN-10: 0224090011
Format: Paperback / softback
(194mm x 129mm x 7mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts has published five collections of poetry, including Corpus, which won the 2004 Whitbread Poetry Award and was short-listed for the Forward, T.S. Eliot and Griffin International Prizes, and The Half Healed (2008). He has also published two novels, Patrick's Alphabet (2006) and Breath (2008). He is a frequent collaborator with the composer James MacMillan and is also an award-winning radio writer and documentary film-maker.

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