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Angela Leighton

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  • Angela Leighton was born in Wakefiled to a Yorkshire father and a Neapolitan mother. As a result, doubleness has always been a part of her life, whether thinking in English or Italian, as a literary critic or a poet. She has published many works of criticism, most recently 'Hearing Things: The Work of Sound in Literature' (2018), as well as four volumes of poetry: 'A Cold Spell' (2000), 'Sea Level' (2006), The Messages (2012), and 'Spills' (2016), which includes memoir, fiction and translations from the Italian. She returns often to Yorkshire and to Italy, usually to walk about, watch and listen. Those activities often become the seeds of her poems, in particular the absent-minded activity of walking.
    Praise for Angela Leighton 'Traditional yet arrestingly innovative. Her sense of melody shines through... There is nothing frivolous or sentimental about Leighton;s writing. It is intellectual, dense, and inquisitive... A collection full of wit and grace.'

    Maggie Wang, Harvard Review

    'Leighton's playful, imaginative language gives rise to form that is ingeniously attentive to the strange coincidences, chance encounters, and arbitrary correspondences of which a life is constituted.'

    Joseph Turner, Oxford Review of Books

    'Its lasting impression is a renewed awareness of poetry's manifold reach.'
    The TLS


     'This is one of those rare books that you know will become a kind of touchstone.'
    Jay Parini
    'Outstanding among the excellent ... the poems ring like bells.'
    Anne Stevenson
     'The density of Angela Leighton's poetry is of the best kind.'
    The TLS
    'An original poet who may come to be an important one.'
    The Times
     'Leighton's language is surprisingly meaty. This is attentive, sure-footed poetry.'
    The Guardian
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