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Joey Connolly

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Books by this author: Long Pass
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  • Joey Connolly grew up in Sheffield and studied in Manchester. Now he lives in London, where he is the manager of the Poetry Book Fair. His poetry and criticism have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Sunday Times and Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt), as well as on BBC Radio 4. He received an Eric Gregory award in 2012.
    'This is not a book where things simply happen; the assumption of an invisible author relaying a truthful narrative that underpins nearly all story-telling is laid aside. In these poems, the truth and the narrative peel apart from each other, the '€˜truth'€™ is revealed to be another narrative, and the authorial telling of it yet another. In Connolly'€™s hands the tools of literary theory (and of all the other intellectual traditions he raids) are not used sneeringly to dismantle a reader'€™s '€œnaïve'€ love of story and emotion, but to deepen and complicate both.'
    The Poetry School Books of the Year 2017


     'Connolly can be a very personal poet and has technique enough to make the personal poems poignant and beguiling.'
    Ian Pople, The Manchester Review
     'Montaigne calls philosophy une poésie sophistiquée. Connolly'€s is sophisticated poésie, for sure, but also contains something of what the Shangri-Las called '€Sophisticated Boom Boom'. This is a serious attempt to write philosophy as poetry, to render complex arguments about nominalism and epistemology in verse without losing sensuality's boom boom.'
    Will Harris, Poetry School
    'Long Pass, for its humour, strange voicings, playfulness, and ability to move the reader, should be celebrated.'
    New Welsh Review 
    Awards won by Joey Connolly Winner, 2012 Eric Gregory Award
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