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Spills

Angela Leighton

Spills
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Categories: 21st Century, British, Italian, Jewish, Memoirs, Translation, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Feb 2016)
9781847772251
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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 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
    '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 '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
    '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


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