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Spills

Angela Leighton

Spills
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ISBN: 978 1 847772 25 1
Categories: 21st Century, British, Italian, Jewish, Memoirs, Translation, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2016
216 x 138 x 6 mm
184 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • A clutch of twigs, the cradled fall-out from a gust of wind,
    rough splints, spindles or withies, pencils or spills—

    whatever they are, just a cross-hatched arrangement of space and air,
    an architecture of accidentals, an absence addressed—

    from ‘Canticles for a Passion ’
    In Spills Angela Leighton combines poetry, memoir, libretto, short story, prose-poetry and translation, slipping between genres while hearing the conversations between them. ‘You start from who you are, and walk and walk’, she writes, in the spirit of free-voyaging that defines this collection. The prose tells, semi-fictionally, of the poet’s life as the daughter of a composer-father and Italian mother, a life split between languages and places, north and south, often among curious and memorable characters. The poems address related themes of place and language, war and peace, the landscape of southern Italy and the Christian story of the Passion. The conversations between different forms and motifs are a result of Leighton’s approach to writing almost as a strain of musical composition. The writing is often about music, but it is also a search for music in writing. The collection closes with a significant new body of translations and adaptations of the Sicilian poet Leonardo Sciascia, Spills’s luminous other voice, ‘seeking its own heart of music’

    Angela Leighton is Senior Research Fellow in English at Trinity College. She is the author of many critical works, including On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Legacy of a Word (2007), as well as four collections of poetry, most recently Spills (2016). ... read more
    '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
    Praise for Angela Leighton 'Its lasting impression is a renewed awareness of poetry's manifold reach.'
    The TLS


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