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Crossing the Outskirts
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (64 pages)
(Pub. Sep 2002)
‘Julian Turner’s poems are concerned with a refreshingly wide range of subjects, from the interpenetrating identities of these islands to the fugitive colours of actual love, all distinguished by a compassion as intense as their musicality. He can also be very funny; his celebration of the epic bathos of golf has already been identified as a classic anthology piece of the future.’ – Ian Duhig
Awards won by Julian Turner Short-listed, 2002 Waterstone's Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection (Crossing the Outskirts) Commended, 2011 Poetry Book Society (PBS): Choice - Spring (Planet-Struck)
Praise for Julian Turner 'Turner's poems evoke the fourfold, anagogic phases of being and consciousness familiar to readers of both the Romantic poet, and his interpreters'
Fred Muratori, The Manhatten Review
'You'll see a wish to connect, almost a belief, that despite this fractured world, things can still be whole... Where Blake saw poetry as the potential for a "perfect unity" it is perhaps a perfect disunity that Julian Turner yearns for here.'
Liam Bishop, Singapore Review of Books "There is a vast unfathomable symmetry to Julian Turner's new collection, whose conclusion in deep space is as intrinsically unknowable as the remote landscape of the Cairngorms in which the opening poem, Lairig Grhu, is set."
Steve Whitaker, The Yorkshire Times
'A blighted tree is said to be planet-struck. Similarly epilepsy, paralysis, lunacy and so on are attributed to the malignant influence of planets'
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