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Bevel

William Letford

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ISBN: 978 1 847771 92 6
Categories: 21st Century, First Collections, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2012
80 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
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  • He says Hades, and I see Richard, wearing his welding mask
    kneeling beside a stripped out Citroën, sparks from his torch
    lighting one side of the garage wall. She says Zeus, and I see
    Casey, framed against the sky, bloated and happy
    carrying cement across a tiled roof

    ‘They speak of the gods’
    Bevel is William Letford’s first book, but his poems have already earned him a large following thanks to his brilliant performances and through Carcanet’s New Poetries V anthology. Letford makes poems from the rhythms of speech and the stuff of daily life: work and love, seasons and cities, and his writing is alive with the wonder and comedy of the mundane. Bevel is filled with voices – ‘an he says / A love the summer / it’s hoat / ye kin wear yer shoarts...’ – and with the knowledge that becomes engrained in the body: ‘The weight of a drill. The texture of rust.’

    Letford works as a roofer, a trade that gives him a particular perspective on life at ground level. ‘Be prepared,’ he writes: pay attention to the moment, know which way to fall. His poems are sure and strong, the words dance.

    'The pleasure I have gained from William Letford's poems... will, I am confident, stay with me for ever.'
    Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

    'William Letford is the future of Scottish poetry.'
    Mark Buckland, Cargo Publishing



    William Letford reads from his work at the launch of New Poetries V.



    Waking for work in the winter
    Becoming
    For the journey
    It’s aboot the labour
    Be prepared
    [coffee shop window]
    Wit is it
    By the time we met
    We are
    Elderly ladies and afternoon tea
    This spring evening
    Fusion expands
    Worker
    A bassline
    Newsflash
    Hollow words in the black dog days
    Moths
    Taking a headbutt
    Working away
    In the mountains of northern Italy
    No holding back
    Breakfast in Baiardo
    No distractions
    [it rains]
    Outside the city
    Sunburst
    [T-shirt wrapped around my head]
    The light and dark of Adeona
    A bad day
    Orchards
    Helsinki, Finland
    Mhari and Annika
    Our life
    Café culture
    Don’t you think i know
    Let’s just be
    Sex poem number 1
    Prowl: Sex poem number 2
    Sex poem number 3
    Impact theory
    Thurs hunnurs a burds oan the roofs
    They speak of the gods
    For the spirit
    Chimneys
    The songs we love
    Schrödinger
    Sunday, with the television off
    Winter in the world
    A poem
    William Letford has worked as a roofer, on and off, since he was fifteen years old. He has received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust and an Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary which allowed him to spend three months in the mountains of northern Italy helping to restore a ... read more
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