Bad Machine -

Bad Machine

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The body is the 'bad machine' of George Szirtes' latest book of poems. The sudden death of his elderly father and of his younger friend, the poet Michael Murphy, remind him how machines - sources of energy and delight in their prime - go so easily wrong; and that change in the body is a signal for moving on. But language too is a body. Here, politics, assimilation, desire, creatureliness and the pleasure and loss of the body, mingle in various attenuated forms such as lexicon, canzone, acrostics, mirror poems, postcards, and a series of 'minimenta' after Anselm Kiefer whose love of history as rubble and monument haunts this collection. George Szirtes is one of our most inventive - and constantly reinventing - poets, and Bad Machine shows him developing new themes and new ways of writing in poems which stretch the possibilities of form and question language and its mastery. Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Product code: 9781852249571

ISBN 9781852249571
No. Of Pages 112
Publisher Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
One of several major British poets who took their work to Bloodaxe following the closure of OUP's poetry list in 1999, George Szirtes has published seven books with Bloodaxe, including Reel, which won him the T.S. Eliot Prize for 2004, New & Collected Poems and The Burning of the Books, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2009.