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Careful What You Wish For
RRP: GBP 9.99
ISBN: 978 1 784100 30 8
Categories: 21st Century, British, Humour
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2015
64 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
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A night in Matlock Bath, an Ode to Indolence, a boy running the ploughed fields of cross-country, and the 1975 Reading Festival… Careful What You Wish For is winter mornings lit by the tame volcano of a lava lamp, and it is Camus, St-Exupéry and Ken Dodd. Also it is Robert Lowell in a canal boat just outside Mirfield, not to mention family poems and love and tennis poems, and the biggest come-back in golf history, as told by the caddy. ‘Entertaining and frequently something more’, Carol Ann Duffy said of Sansom’s first book. This sixth Carcanet collection is clear-eyed, tender, and just as bewildered by what life is and does.
'Personal, political, powerful'
Morning Star Praise for Peter Sansom 'A serious intelligence only lightly disguised as self-mockery and expressed via devastatingly clear-sighted observation.'
Yorkshire Post 'His writing gains its vitality from the tension between the desire to remember and the necessity of moving on.'
Poetry Review 'A congenial writer, whose usually informal metrical sense is, nevertheless, decisive and intuitively informed.'
Times Literary Supplement
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