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Lucky Day

Richard Price

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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
128 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • 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.
      
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    SCAPE

    'All the days'

    'They were your letters yesterday'

    Dual sculls

    'Supper will keep'

    'the broad bellies'

    Pylons

    the frame

    'Rare calm on the rattled moor'

    Three oasthouses

    A world without earth

    Net results

    Dogger

    Motorcruisers

    Better trees

    the white horse

    The organised forest

    For December



    A SPELTHORNE BIRD LIST

    Hedge Sparrows

    Coot

    Mandarin Duck

    Great Crested Grebe

    Cormorants

    Mallards

    Heron

    Swans

    Swan

    Cuckoo

    Pigeons

    Song Thrush

    Ring Necked Parakeet

    Carrion Crow

    Jay

    Domestic geese

    Moorhen

    Magpie

    Kingfisher



    Lick and stick

    OFFICES

    Cleaners

    Save? / Send? / Delete?

    As a

    MARKS & SPARKS

    Fishbones of aerials

    Kids

    Wasps

    Separate again

    Wrong again

    Margin

    Holiday romance

    Cadets

    Careless

    Helpline

    Twigs

    Tensioned frame

    Less said

    Shoosh

    I wish

    Passenger side

    'Skirt'

    Behind you

    Marks and Sparks

    As, as

    Then, again

    Deli

    Fitted sheet

    Engagement / Strike

    On, off, over

    I bet

    Odi et amo

    Think for thinking

    Art lover

    A new establishment

    Scare

    Lucky day

    Call

    As if

    HAND HELD

    A dash

    Lifer

    Than we are

    Anne and the Royal

    Flightpaths

    Taps

    Victory in Europe

    'Speech absent'

    Dopey has Angelman's Syndrome

    Thanks

    Nothing promised

    So the palm faces

    See, touch on the baby gym

    Gallery / zoo

    Receipt

    Little bear

    The clutter back

    Abacus

    The grip

    Only child

    Logger's Leap

    R for Robert

    blue, quilted

    Eureka

    Fob

    The taps just flow hot and cold

    For Katie's toes

    The world is busy, Katie

    The late show

    Air miles

    That song

    Wake up and play

    Sleeper

    The price-dream ratio

    Surely the certainties

    Fast

    'I have two daughters'

    The twins

    A bow-tie pattern

    Please

    Hand held

    A news

    The truants will be suspended

    An authority

    Deportment / Deportation

    Slow films

    Softened, bright

    Big Bang research



    ALL LIGHT

    All light

    In your generous hours

    Farewell remembering a goodbye

    Richard Price was born in 1966 and grew up in Scotland. He was educated at Napier College, Edinburgh and at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. In the 1990s he became a leading figure in the Informationist movement in Scottish poetry. Richard Price has published a dozen books of poetry since his debut in ... read more
    '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
    Praise for Richard Price 'Reading the poems you become aware you are in the presence of a mind working much more quickly and sharply than your own.'
    The Poetry School 
    'Price's humane intelligence manifests itself in deceptively simple and subtly musical forms of address. Readers who allow themselves the pleasure will not be disappointed.'
    Robert Potts, The Guardian
    '...when you come to such energy combined with impressive inventiveness and lyricism, it is rather hard to pass on by [...] the humour, the wittiness [are] there throughout, as is a boldness of utterance [...] Here, however sorrowful the story, I hope other readers too will feel the energy of language in the making.'
    Caroline Clark, Eyewear
    'A superb first line, 'No colours can mean more than Lego's' ('Delicate greenery'), leads on to an amazing arc of narrative and imagery and richness. There's playground slang and prejudice. And suddenly a pared-down, lyric directness…'
    Tony Williams, Magma
    'Fully alive to our financialized, precarious situation, this poet is also alive to the human sensorium and the revels of language—its permutations, transmutations. Moon for Sale announces in its very title this poet's mordant wit but also his romanticism. A formidable intelligence powers this work, its whiplashing jingles and ditties, its visual poems, its sonic brilliances, its micro-shifts and micro-tones, its ominous deadpans, dry diagnoses. Yet for all Price's severities, we also encounter 'intimate risks,/a whispered promise.' He is one of our most attentive, delicate, ferocious transmitters, singers, makers.'
    Maureen N. McLane
    '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
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