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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (64 pages)
(Pub. Mar 2006)
Julian Turner’s Crossing the Outskirts was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize best first collection. In his second book he explores his familiar themes of identity and loss, and new, more personal ones – the way the degradation of the environment touches on his experience, the fragility of life and the ambiguous allure of death. By contrast, his gondolier’s eye view of Lord Byron is another small-scale masterpiece of comic timing. This collection marks a development in his strong technique and gives us poems that are comic, elegiac and profound by turns.
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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