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A new collection of poems from bestselling poet, novelist and memoirist, Blake Morrison

‘A cul-de-sac, a dead-end track,
A sandbanked strand to sink a fleet,
A bay, a bar, a strip, a trap,
A wrecking ground, that’s Shingle Street.’

Blake Morrison’s first two collections, Dark Glasses (1984) and The Ballad of a Yorkshire Ripper (1987) established him as one of our most inventive and accomplished contemporary poets.

In his first full-length collection for nearly thirty years, Shingle Street sees a return to the form with which he started his career. Set along the Suffolk coast, the opening poems address a receding world – an eroding landscape, ‘abashed by the ocean’s passion’. But coastal life gives way to other, more dangerous, vistas: a wave unleashes a flood-tide of terror; a sequence of topical poems lays bare pressing political issues; while elsewhere portraits of the past bring forth the dear and the departed.

Ardent and elegiac, and encompassing an impressive range of mood and method, this is a timely offering from a poet of distinct talents.

Reviews

Shingle Street is a bravura performance that’s also solid and heartfelt

Carol Rumens, Observer

A good, fresh performance to make a comeback with

Derwent May, Standpoint

Blake Morrison’s poetry glints like a river seen through the mud

Michael Conaghan, Belfast Telegraph Morning

These are humane poems, skillful, conversational, delicate and more complex than they at first appear

Rory Waterman, The Times Literary Supplement

These are humane poems, skillful, conversational, delicate and more complex than they at first appear

Rory Waterman, The Times Literary Supplement

Good poetry is rare, and Blake Morrison’s…Shingle Street is the real thing. I keep going back to these poems, and enjoy them more each time

Claire Tomalin, Week

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780701188771

    February 15, 2015

    Chatto & Windus

    80 pages

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    9781448190980

    February 5, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    80 pages

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