Six years in the making, All is the second collection of poetry by Canadian-born, Yorkshire-based writer Robert Powell.
With one of the most precise, committed voices currently at work in the UK, Powell considers the individual moments that make up our lives and histories; whether in nature, in human interaction, or within the worlds of art and spirituality – the fragments that make up our ‘all’.
These poems are both fragile and robust, touching and unsparing. His work is informed by a transatlantic sensibility that combines the best of North American and British
approaches to verse, whilst also paying tribute to the unique art form that is European poetry in translation.
Composed of three mesmerising sequences, All is the best showcase yet for a wonderful and unique literary talent; poetry that is easy to start reading and difficult to stop.
“Robert Powell creates a kind of achieved, hard-won intimacy in these poems; his voice is close to your ear, and this closeness brings the reader into the orbit of this fine, fine writer who offers new routes into love and landscape.”
— Ian McMillan
“In Powell’s poems there are wonderful connections between the terrains of landscape, cityscape, and imagination. Delicate, searching and often haunting, this is a heartfelt collection.”
— Abi Curtis
“Powell’s ability to understand and convey the messiness, tragedies and beauties of life, demonstrate what a very fine poet he is ... I read in a kind of hushed awe.”
— James Nash
Date Published: 2015-01-23
Catalogue Number: VP0063
Number of Pages: 96
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
Cover photograph by the author
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