by Miles Salter
'Ready now? Deep breath. Sharp scratch. Here we go.'
A woman borrows her husband's tongue, a man spends years in a stalled car, a teenage boy sees a crack divide his town...
In this impressive debut, York-based poet Miles Salter (writing under his original pen name, Miles Cain) guides readers through an increasingly familiar dystopia of mind and city; a world observed with accuracy, wit and heart. Insightful, surreal and surprising, The Border marked the arrival of a formidable new voice in British poetry.
"Presents the world through Cain-tinted glasses ... a place lit by possibility, mapped by language."
— Ian McMillan
"Impressive ... crammed with sharp images, terse rhythms and 'sane, careful precision'."
— Oz Hardwick
"A fantastic collection ... bleak and big-hearted poems with a wit that matches his eye for detail."
— Luke Kennard
"Fast, to the point, full of power."
— Paul Sutherland
"Exciting ... will win him many more admirers."
— Debjani Chatterjee
Miles Salter is a writer, musician and storyteller based in York. His first novel for teenagers, A Song For Nicky Moon, was shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House children’s writing award in 2010. He has written for several newspapers including The Guardian and The Independent. He is a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University, and is director of York Literature Festival.
Miles’s poems have appeared in some of the UK’s leading poetry magazines, including The Rialto, Ambit, Orbis and South Bank Poetry. His first collection of poetry (writing as Miles Cain), The Border, was published by Valley Press in 2011, and a follow-up, Animals, in September 2013.
Date Published: 2011-10-07
Catalogue Number: VP0016
Number of Pages: 56
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
Cover photograph by John Illingworth
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