pickabook books with huge discounts for everyone pickabook books with huge discounts for everyone
     
Need assistance? LOG IN


Item Details
Title: NEW LIGHT FOR THE OLD DARK
By: Sam Willetts
Format: Paperback

List price: £10.00
Our price: £7.30
Discount:
27% off
You save: £2.70
ISBN 10: 0224089188
ISBN 13: 9780224089180
Availability: Usually dispatched within 1-2 days.
 Delivery rates
Stock: Currently 1item in stock
Publisher: VINTAGE PUBLISHING
Pub. date: 1 April, 2010
Pages: 72
Description: Having lost ten years to heroin addiction and recovery, the author emerges now as a fully-fledged and significant English poet. This book includes his poems that address Englishness, secular Jewishness, and the childhood pleasures of Oxfordshire - an increasingly deceptive pastoral, stalked and eventually shattered by heroin.
Synopsis: The poems in this remarkable first collection have been hard won: 'Fruits of much grief they are,' as Donne said, 'emblems of more.' Having lost ten years to heroin addiction and recovery, Sam Willetts emerges now - suddenly, and apparently from nowhere - as a fully-fledged and significant English poet. In a book deeply conscious of history, one series of poems tracks his mother's escape, as a young girl, from the Nazis, in a narrative that moves from a Stuka attack on the Smolensk Road to the Krakow ghetto, the destruction of Warsaw, to Nuremberg and Nagasaki and, finally, his mother's grave. Other poems address Englishness, secular Jewishness, and the childhood pleasures of Oxfordshire - an increasingly deceptive pastoral, stalked and eventually shattered by heroin, which brings a grim new existence among dealers and users. The redemption the poet finds, through detox and rehab, love and writing, is full of regret for the years and lives wasted, but also offers a lyrical rebirth of the senses: 'In a new light, a new moon/ that isn't made of scorched tinfoil/will turn your tide again'.Deft, economical and wonderfully original, this is work that celebrates the peaks and troughs of a lived life, the poems' vivid clarity feeling both fresh and fully earned. It is rare to find an unknown poet of such mature quality, and "New Light for the Old Dark" represents a brilliant dawning.
Publication: UK
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Prizes: Shortlisted for Costa Poetry Award 2010. Shortlisted for T S Eliot Prize 2010. Shortlisted for Felix Dennis Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection
Returns: Returnable
Some other items by this author:

TOP SELLERS IN THIS CATEGORY
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (Paperback)
By: Warsan Shire
Flipped Eye Publishing Limited
Our Price : £3.60
more details
We Come Apart (Hardback)
By: Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Our Price : £9.48
more details
Poems of the Decade (Paperback)
By: Forward Publishing
Faber & Faber
Our Price : £6.56
more details
Love is a Dog from Hell (Paperback)
By: Charles Bukowski
HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Our Price : £7.29
more details
Ten Poems About Mothers (Pamphlet)
By: Jenny Swann (Editor)
Candlestick Press
Our Price : £3.61
more details
BROWSE FOR BOOKS IN RELATED CATEGORIES
 LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND BIOGRAPHY
 literature: texts
 poetry texts & anthologies


Information provided by www.pickabook.co.uk
SHOPPING BASKET
  
Your basket is empty
 

We can supply your set texts
A Christmas Carol: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)
By: LUCY ENGLISH, JOHN SCICLUNA
This updated edition is designed to support students in study and revision for the new GCSE (9-1) English Literature exams.
add to basket

Award Nominated 2017
The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
By: KIERAN LARWOOD
A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs. Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he's quite happy to laze around annoying his older sister Paz, and playing with his baby brother Pook.
add to basket