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ISBN: 978 1 857547 61 0
Categories: 21st Century, First Collections
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2005
216 x 135 x 10 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
SHORTLISTED FOR THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST COLLECTION
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WHITBREAD POETRY PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JERWOOD-ALDEBURGH FIRST COLLECTION PRIZE
Lucky Day begins with natural landscapes through which love and lyric flicker and flare. The sparrows, pigeons and magpies of the urban periphery lighten the atmosphere, edging the collection towards the city in the funny elegy 'Bird List'. The sequence that follows, 'Hand Held', is personal and vulnerable, a finally celebratory exploration of his experience as the father of a child with severe learning difficulties. The collection concludes with poems of love and memory, affirming in the end the luck of survival.
'Richard Price retains an individual voice in which intense feelings of love, or dislocation, are packed into often short, complex lyrics. There is a tension in reading his poems which is created by his care for words, by the integrity of his distillation.' Carol Ann Duffy
'A recurrent theme is relationships of family and sex, where, as in life, what is not said, or half said, is as important as what is actually said, and the gaps, the repetitions, the phrases skating off into silence, the catspaw punctuation are deployed with great skill to keep a reader's mind active in tracing the tingly cataclysmic moves of love and anxiety.' Edwin Morgan
'Richard Price's poetry is in a class of its own.' Poetry Scotland.
Table of Contents
'All the days'
'They were your letters yesterday'
'Supper will keep'
'the broad bellies'
'Rare calm on the rattled moor'
A world without earth
the white horse
The organised forest
A SPELTHORNE BIRD LIST
Great Crested Grebe
Ring Necked Parakeet
Lick and stick
Save? / Send? / Delete?
MARKS & SPARKS
Fishbones of aerials
Marks and Sparks
Engagement / Strike
On, off, over
Odi et amo
Think for thinking
A new establishment
Than we are
Anne and the Royal
Victory in Europe
Dopey has Angelman's Syndrome
So the palm faces
See, touch on the baby gym
Gallery / zoo
The clutter back
R for Robert
The taps just flow hot and cold
For Katie's toes
The world is busy, Katie
The late show
Wake up and play
The price-dream ratio
Surely the certainties
'I have two daughters'
A bow-tie pattern
The truants will be suspended
Deportment / Deportation
Big Bang research
In your generous hours
Farewell remembering a goodbye
John Kinsella, The Manhattan Review , Fall/Winter 2005-6, vol. read more
Robert Potts, The Guardian , Saturday 17th December 2005
Robert Potts rounds up the poetic year
...Two read more
Stephen Knight, The Independent on Sunday , 2nd October 2005
Unashamed to say 'I love you'
In Richard Price's Lucky Day , language fractures and fails. read more
'Those who think contemporary poetry is a parlour-game for pseuds ought to read this astonishingly moving, filigree-fine book.' read more
John Couth, Shearsman , issue 63-64, Autumn 2005:
Lucky Day , a first collection, offers access to an intensely private world of carefully sustained emotion, reflection and observation. read more
The Guardian , 1st January 2005
Pick of the literary highlights of 2005
Lucky Day by Richard Price is a felicitous gathering of Richard Price's unusual, poignant and funny poetry, which has been appearing in chapbooks, magazines and beautiful small-press volumes for more than a decade. read more
Frances Presley, Poetry London , Issue 51: Summer 2005
...This read more
Robert Potts, The Guardian Review , Saturday 18th June 2005
Margin of horror Robert Potts admires the careful inarticulacies of Richard Price's engaging collection, Lucky Day "It's good to have the, / to have the technology", writes Richard Price in his poem "Softened, bright". read more
Stephen Knight, Times Literary Supplement , 22nd April 2005 Willow-shadowed shallows
In a recent review of books by John Kinsella, Richard Price admires the Australian poet's "pleasurably oblique" descriptions of landscapes, and the "power not just of understatement but of situations which are ambiguous and unresolved". read more
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