by James Mcloughlin
'A twenty-year-old's expanding borders / are not of outstanding order.'
Encore is the debut collection from young poet James Mcloughlin. Much anticipated by those already familiar with his work, this is a book heaving with fresh approaches to age-old rivalries – as the city meets nature, the self meets society, and dreams meet reality.
Switching with ease between piercing observation and boundless imagination, James writes with a clarity and wisdom beyond his years, as well as a wry, subversive sense of humour (as evidenced by the book's title). This is a unique opportunity to meet an emerging literary talent, and a striking new voice in British poetry.
"These poems seem born out of music and lyrics ... out of a desire to bring forth poetry from the everyday. ‘To make layers is to calm’ we’re told ... these poems might seem calm or direct on the surface but beneath are the layers, the tumult, the aggression, the sexuality and the ambiguity of 21st-century life."
— Andrew McMillan
"There is such a joy in language to be found in this collection; words tumble over each other to express experience and insights. James is an impressive talent to cherish, and a hope for the future."
— James Nash
Date Published: 2011-05-24
Catalogue Number: VP0014
Number of Pages: 50
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
and Howard Staveley
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