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On Trust

A Book of Lies

James Womack

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ISBN: 978 1 784104 16 0
Categories: 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2017
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • On Trust is a collection of poems organised around the idea of telling the truth. Inspired by the idea that poetry is often seen as being a vehicle for the articulation of individual truths, or as a medium for unvarnished and unprocessed confession, the poems in this collection play with the idea of the simple identification of the ‘I’ of a poem with the ‘I’ of the poet, offering a series of monologues in which the identity of the speaker with that of the poet is encouraged, but then left hanging. This collection includes poems about sleeping with the sea, the Marquis de Sade, death, the Fates, and travelling in Siberia.
    James Womack was born in Cambridge in 1979. He studied Russian, English and translation at university, and received his doctorate, on W.H. Auden's translations, in 2006. He currently lives in Madrid, where he works as a freelance translator from Russian and Spanish and is co-editor of the publishing house Nevsky Prospects, ... read more
    Praise for James Womack 'Technically adept, self-consciously ironic, and provocative about the nature of art and the role of the artist... Often I felt as if I was being taken aside and told a joke that’s ridiculously funny at the same time as being deadly serious. '
    Heidi Williamson, Eyewear
    'James Womack is another bright young poet... he is capable of lugubrious comic inventions such as 'From the Literary Encyclopaedia', which charts an experimental novelist's doomed career, alongside 'Tourism', a clipped and chilly poem about the export of jihadis to the Middle East... on the evidence of Misprint Womack has scope, curiosity and a refreshing sense of not having foresuffered everything he encounters.'
    Sean O'Brien, The Sunday Times
     'In 'Vladimir Mayakovsky' and Other Poems the poet James Womack has put together the comprehensive selection of Mayakovsky'€™s poems I have long been waiting for. His fresh translation allows English readers to appreciate the non-aligned and passionate personality of the Russian poet. I recommend a few lines twice a day to protect against dry academic writing.'
    The Times Higher Education Best Books of 2016
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