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Angela Leighton

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  • Angela Leighton was born in Wakefield, educated in Edinburgh and Oxford, and has taught at the universities of Hull and Cambridge. The daughter of a Yorkshire (composer) father and a Neapolitan mother, she has always recognised her heritage of mixed languages and conflicting standpoints. Perhaps for this reason her work has always pushed at the boundaries of literary form. Her most recent critical work, Hearing Things: The Work of Sound in Literature (2018), sets autobiographical creative prose alongside critical writing to suggest the connections between them, while her volume of poems, Spills (2016), interweaves memoir, short story and translation with original poetry. The permeable flow of the language, towards music on the one hand and other literatures on the other, lies at the heart of her own writing.

    She has published poetry and short stories in many magazines, including the New Yorker, TLS, Poetry Chicago, Archipelago, The Dark Horse, and others. Something, I Forget is her sixth volume of poetry.
    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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