New and Selected Poems
by Paul Sutherland
'Chide the nervous feet and walk straight in.'
Paul Sutherland has been writing and publishing poetry since 1970, with ten collections to his name. This monumental new book includes significant pieces from that period, along with new and unpublished works, constituting a personal epic that spans four and a half decades of writing. It charts the poet’s life from his Canadian roots to immigration to the UK, from agnosticism to Christianity to Sufi Islam, and from natural wonderment to a greater understanding of the world around us. The collection is in turn heartfelt, philosophical, and beautifully lyrical, as Sutherland lays bare for the reader his experiences and perspectives – at once particular and universal. Completely unique, this is an unflinching and forensic exploration of a life lived through language.
‘He makes a poetry of contradiction: psychological and intellectual inquiry are matched by a ready emotional depth; epic and intimate scales overlap; it’s homeless and historically rooted; free and exact.’
— Ian Duhig
‘haunting, elegant and deeply spiritual, a rare treat, full of imagery, pathos, loss, humour and triumph, somewhere between music and prose’
— Magdalena Chavez
‘a splendidly sustained contemplative quality’
— Sam Gardiner
‘This is a superb sequence of poems. They have wonderful economy and stillness.’
— Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, on ‘Holy Week Sequence’
Date Published: 2017-11-01
Catalogue Number: VP0094
Number of Pages: 384
Cover design by Rosa Campbell
Cover photo by Abigail Smith
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