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In Darkest Capital
RRP: GBP£ 15.99
Not Yet Available This title is available for academic inspection (paperback only).
ISBN: 978 1 784104 91 7
Categories: 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2017
432 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
In Darkest Capital gathers all of Drew Milne’s poems up to 2017, including two major uncollected sequences, ‘Blueprints & Ziggurats’ and ‘Lichens for Marxists’. A Scottish poet working out of the modernist avant-garde, through pop and art rock, Milne moves between Beckett and Brecht, through punk and beyond. Along the way there are homages to Mina Loy, Gertrude Stein, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Frank O’Hara, Kurt Schwitters, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Cage and Tom Raworth. His poems do not break down into form and content but insist on a continuity between lyrical purpose and critical thinking. An ark of ecological resistances to late capitalism, Milne’s Collected Poems captures the ‘skewed luxuriance’ (Guardian) of his eco-socialist poetics.
Praise for Drew Milne 'Drew Milne is first and foremost a formalist par excellence. He is a syllable counter, a shape shifter, and above all he is a sonic machine. His native inclination as a formalist is at once modernist and Marxist. But one could also say, simply, that Milne is a late Romantic lyric-poet with a political imagination. His latest turn to lichen introduces into the work a sense of scale to the vulnerable and tenuous relationship we have to the natural world and gives a plaintive urgency to his song.'
'Lyrical social critique becomes a plausible art . . . Milne's rhetoric displays a subtle, internalized argument that draws one to its cause.'
Marjorie Welish on Go Figure
'Beckoning disjunctions and witty deformations shine their torch on tawdry contemporary realia, but lyrical moments and Scottish echoes fill the interstices with pleasing difference.'
Edwin Morgan on Sheet Mettle
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