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The definitive introduction to a major poet

This selection of the best poems from six remarkable collections reveals that all the strength and sensuality and strangeness is in there from the start. This is a metaphysical poetry for our age: rooted, steeped in the physical, but stretching for lyric completion, philosophical clarity, emotional truth. These poems achieve their seriousness not through hectoring argument but through their lightness of touch, their wit, their tenderness, their music. Roberts has always been a poet who, in the words of Lavinia Greenlaw, ‘inspires profound meditation on the nature of the soul, the body, the stars and the heart, and sparks revelation’. He is also formally and thematically diverse, restlessly exploring a wide range of subjects from Cold-War fear to love lyrics, genetics to elegies, always returning to the crucial, elemental themes – the mapping of experience and the search for meaning.

After Drysalter, his double-prize-winning tour de force, we now have this opportunity to observe the whole arc to date: the consistency of grace and power, curiosity and risk, passion and intelligence that – together – make Michael Symmons Roberts such a thrilling and essential poet.

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781910702420

    May 15, 2016

    Jonathan Cape

    192 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781473524057

    May 5, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

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Also by Michael Symmons Roberts

Mancunia
Deaths of the Poets
Drysalter
Edgelands
Raising Sparks
Soft Keys
Breath
The Half Healed
Patrick's Alphabet
Corpus
Burning Babylon

Recommendations

Fish In A Tree
Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus
The Ode Less Travelled
Millefiori
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
Unreconciled
The Abandoned Settlements
The Bone Flowers
A Sackful of Limericks
Odes
Blue Laws
Of Love and Desire
Talking Dead
Made In Detroit
Deep Lane
Elegy For A Broken Machine
Meanjin First Edition
The Days of Surprise
Human Work