A Bit of an Ice Breaker:
Selected and Uncollected Poems
A Bit of an Ice Breaker is a selection of the very best
poetry from acclaimed Leeds-based writer James Nash.
The poet has sifted through his first two collections, Deadly
Sensitive and Coma Songs, and chosen some particular
favourites to be made available (for the first time) in ebook
form - along with a sprinkling of recently commissioned,
previously uncollected work.
In their new, less crowded incarnation, Nash’s poems
speak clearly of his interests and obsessions; these are
writings of comic embarrassment, of close relationships, of
birth and death. Vulgarity sits close to tender love poems,
poetry is discussed with taxi-drivers, while no-one
protests at drunken sexual activity in a crowded north
Leeds sitting room.
From the author's introduction: 'Though some of the
poems selected might be, like me, showing their age a little,
I hope, as always, that the words are enough.'
'The taxi driver thinks I’m a
bouncer. It’s the third time
Edition: eBook only
Published: 12th April 2012
Catalogue number: VP0028
Cover photograph by Kevin Hickson
Some Things Matter:
James Nash is a writer and
poet, and a long-term resident
of Leeds. He is a well known
provider of creative writing