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ISBN: 978 1 857549 20 1
Categories: 21st Century, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2007
216 x 135 x 10 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
I'd have called it a 'flitting'
but it was a year before I was born -
to my father it was 'moving house'.
He was Ma's envoy in Scotland:
he'd just chosen a field
that would grow into a bungalow
Greenfields shows how it was, to grow up in a quiet corner of Scotland, fixing the last decades of the twentieth century in its snapshots. The book reclaims suburbia as a place of unexpected poetry and conjures the bittersweet of such hybrid places. Those modern places are superimposed upon much older contours: Price elegises the ancient landscape of Renfrewshire. Geological, dynastic, family, and lovers' time are set against the rapacious speed of modernity.
Like Lucky Day, Price's acclaimed Carcanet collection, Greenfields is alert to the nuances of family relationships. New here are delicate love poems and uncanny evocations of a child's developing perception of friends, siblings and parents. In 'Tube Shelter Perspective', the sequence that binds together many of his concerns, Price demonstrates that he is a writer, in the words of John Kinsella, who 'has given late modernism an injection of humanity it has long required
'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
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 '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 '...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 directnessâ¦'
Tony Williams, Magma 'Fully alive to our financialized, precarious situation, this poet is also alive to the human sensorium and the revels of languageâits 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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