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Polkadot Wounds

Anthony Vahni Capildeo author


Publisher:Carcanet Press Ltd

Publishing:25th Jul '24


This title is due to be published on 25th July, and will be despatched as soon as possible.

Polkadot Wounds cover

Polkadot Wounds is a delight, wrestling with life in our restless times. Capildeo entices us to enter conversations with others (dead and living), amongst glimpsing reflections of encounters. Landscapes become 'landskips', playing on traditions of travel and nature writing, childlike spontaneity and movement across gaps. Dante's Divine Comedy frames untimely deaths and breakthroughs of joy, during the pandemic and in queer and far-flung communities. The title of the book is inspired by the stones of the ruined Norman castle in Launceston, Cornwall, and the local martyr, St Cuthbert Mayne, where Capildeo was writer-in-residence with the Charles Causley Trust.

'Anthony Vahni Capildeo is the best poet – the most creatively various, intellectually dextrous, uncomplacent and uncomplaisant – I know of in the UK.'Vidyan Ravinthiran

'Polkadot Wounds is not a book to be read only once but a breviary for safekeeping and recitation in difficult weather.' - Jonathan Skinner

'Capildeo's poetic language is its own creature, a bestiary, fierce and tender, generous and resilient. [...] The poems demonstrate again and again how attention can be an act of radical hospitality.'Tiffany Atkinson

ISBN: 9781800174252

Dimensions: unknown

Weight: unknown

100 pages