Path Through Wood

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In this debut collection Sam Buchan-Watts leads us deep into the uneasy territory of the contemporary lyric. Here we must hold ourselves to account for what we hear and what we make of what we hear. The many ethical dilemmas these poems enact listen in to the noise which society makes to distract itself. If lyric is an exemplary listening device in language, the book asks, what responsibilities does it have, not only to interior life, but to social change?

ISBN: 9781913513115 Author: Buchan-Watts, Sam Publisher: Prototype Publishing Publication Date: 12th October 2021 Imprint: Prototype Publishing Cover: Paperback Dewey: 821.92 (edition:23) Pages: 76 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

In this debut collection Sam Buchan-Watts leads us deep into the uneasy territory of the contemporary lyric. Here we must hold ourselves to account for what we hear and what we make of what we hear. The many ethical dilemmas these poems enact listen in to the noise which society makes to distract itself. If lyric is an exemplary listening device in language, the book asks, what responsibilities does it have, not only to interior life, but to social change? Described by the Guardian as a ‘sceptical, serious, versatile writer’, Buchan-Watts undertakes an expansion of poetic form through exploded ballad, prose rhyme, ekphrastic cento and more. The poems assemble screens, dappled canopies and set pieces of lyric in order to feel out the limits of aesthetic pleasure and play. Returning repeatedly to the figure of the vulnerable boy approaching the thicket of adolescence, these are poems that are listening in when they’re not supposed to, distracted when they should be attending to their interlocutor, and stumbling on secret listeners hidden behind the arras.

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