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Something, I Forget

Angela Leighton

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Categories: 21st Century, British, Ecopoetry, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Oct 2023)
9781800173538
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  • while news love meant to keep forever
    is wiped, so lightly, by this scanning weeper.
    'Another Lighthouse'

    Angela Leighton's sixth collection of poems turns on the strange arts of remembering and forgetting. From Rome to Yorkshire, Naples to the Fens, she sets contemporary moments of hope and loss against a classical or Christian backdrop, while tracking a path that goes, more impersonally, from winter's cold to the growth of a garden. There are poems about war, love, childhood, age, and the wiping of memories they (differently) encourage. Whether elegiac or humorous, each tightly written poem is its own imaginable place, where words have the keen touch of things, yet things – a creaky old lift in a palazzo, a glass harp played in a backstreet, the CDs hanging on a tree, a clay doll in a museum – resonate like memorials to 'something' beyond themselves.

    Whether in strict or free form, in rhyming stanzas or verbal openwork, this is a collection that tests the sound-shapes of language while always listening for the tunes and rhythms that make it sing.
    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 ... read more
    'This is artful, precise, thoughtful and quite often beautiful poetry... Leighton combines all her considerable strengths: precise, allusive density of expression; deft aural music; a flair for creating new forms; and a huge descriptive talent.'
    Victoria Moul, The Friday Poem
    'One of the strengths, however, of Angela Leighton's new volume, her sixth, is its awareness of forgetful rememberings like this... It's an exciting, experimental effect.'
    Hugh Barnes, The Arts Desk
    Praise for Angela Leighton '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


    'Outstanding among the excellent ... the poems ring like bells.'
    Anne Stevenson
     'Angela Leighton's genre-defying book -- poetry, memoir, experiment in translation in its many and often surprising senses -- explores with beautiful precision what she calls the 'two-ply tongue', a suggestive metaphor for the way we speak and think and write.'
    Patrick McGuinness
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