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
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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