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A Full Cone
ISBN: 978 1 784104 40 5
Categories: 21st Century, American, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2018
216 x 135 x 13 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
A Full Cone is Miles Champion’s second Carcanet collection. Whether in verse or prose, Champion’s lines are always delightful and delighted. One detects between them the poet’s own pleasure, his appetite for surprise: ‘The phrase ball of worsted is interesting’, begins one poem, exemplifying their mode. It is a body of work full of ‘sentient folds’, to borrow a phrase from the poems, a collection whose concerns include warmth, compression, plasticity, doubt, flatness, socks, and fun. Somehow Champion emerges from these abstract waters with palpable treasure.
He is, to boot, an aficionado of the poem title. Highlights include ‘Miles Ate His Yo-Yo’, ‘We Have Triangles’, ‘The Beige Suprematist’, ‘The Seedless Eyebrow Pencils’, ‘Fruit Shadows’, ‘Sweating Cubism Out’, and ‘Crabs R Back’.
'By turns playful, insightful, erudite and essential, this is a poetry for the fluctuating times that we live in... Brilliant stuff. A Full Cone is one of my books of the year.'
Andrew Taylor, Stride
'Witness the cascades of words and listen to the silence between lines. The interstitial quietus common to Champion's many concrete excursions acts to vivify the text which it divides, so that the outrageous concatenation of everyday cultural artefacts is rendered explosive.'
Steve Whitaker, The Yorkshire Times
'It has often been noted that the pace at which Miles Champion's brilliantly intelligent poems unfold is rapid. Ideas and images tumble into words and the words become present as moments of conceptual or emotional consequence. But, though high velocity is in the making of the poems, there is no swift taking away. The moments aren't rescinded; the poems are not a demonstration of lyric evanescence. Champion's work, rather, is about phenomenological consequence, and consequence lingers, lasts. This is a collection of monumental significance - and the work is gorgeous.'
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