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The Border

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.

His third project with us, The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetrywhich he has co-edited with Oz Hardwick, is due out in August 2017 (appropriately enough on Yorkshire Day, August 1st).


Edition: Paperback

Date Published: 2011-10-07

ISBN: 9780956890443

Catalogue Number: VP0016

Number of Pages: 56

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

Cover photograph by John Illingworth

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