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Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Sep 2010)
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The stationary train that pulls out of the station.
A harbour and island getting underway
across an estuary and out to open sea.
A church moving, as you walk, on the horizon.
The ceiling turning round a single, drunken
lightbulb; or from a spin in an office chair
watching the room like a rubber band unwind
to bring the world back to where you were.
from 'What the Eye Doesn't See'
Peter Sansom’s Selected Poems brings together twenty years of quintessential Sansom, a poet who has made the local and familiar his own resonant territory. Supermarkets and darts matches, life with teenagers and family funerals, the common ground of modern life, make up the fabric of poems that capture the distinctiveness of the ordinary with a robust and sharp-eyed tenderness.
Selected Poems includes revised versions of poems from Peter Sansom’s four Carcanet collections, with poems from his 2009 pamphlet The Night is Young.
Cover painting: Mary Sansom (aged six)
The Folklore of Plants
5th September 1989, Small Hours
The fox in the writing class
At Blea Tarn
A Stone in a Drystone Wall
What the Eye Doesn’t See
A Dream Mistaking a Person for What He Has Come
At the End of Here
Some night by chance
Baker Street: Poet in Residence (Day 1)
Words for Paul Cézanne
You’ll Like This
My Mother on a Seat Outside a Hospital
That was the day it snowed
Breakfast in the Dunblane Hilton
Anyone for Tennis?
Sheffield by Night
On Not Being George W. Bush
I’d heard about the man, who, drunk
On the Road
The Wife of Bath’s Tale
The Day He Met His Wife
My Brother’s Vespa
I used to faint
Petar K, 1957–2847
Instead of going to work
The Night is Young
Index of Titles and First Lines
Praise for Peter Sansom 'Long-suppressed anger morphs into characteristic deadpan humour, a difficult trick to accomplish without appearing trite - while he's no formalist, Sansom is as highly-skilled as any contemporary poet. Peter Sansom's poetry... is full of gentle, bittersweet and funny moments, the work of a poet and person whose outlook on life is immensely engaging, engaged and likeable.'
Matthew Paul, The Friday Poem
'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 'Personal, political, powerful'
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