Friday, July 11, 2014

For Real (Smith|Doorstop, 2014)


http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/ben-wilkinson
'No. The catch was what you could never
let go. It's what you carried, and still do.'
                                   from 'The Catch'




Technically adroit, Ben Wilkinson’s poems are also willing to wear their heart on their sleeve. Lyrical and sometimes wistful, the best poems have a spoken contemporary quality. There is a great deal of promise in this striking collection.  

‘The verse in For Real is brave, and hugely authentic.’

‘Wilkinson’s poems are weighty and cinematic, and his gift for finding the poetry in football terraces as well as crafting lyrical intrigue demonstrate his range and place as an up-and-coming voice on the UK poetry scene’


For Real, published by Smith|Doorstop, £5.
978-1-910367-07-0

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ben-Wilkinson/e/B00KVHVQB4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1



Ben Wilkinson is one to watch. A fine poet with a deft ear and a nice sense of how the external world presses on the inner one.
–  Nick Laird

Filmic, phantasmagoric, super-realist – in For Real, Ben Wilkinson shoots the rapids of the emerging twenty-first century’s infra- and extraordinary, in a stylish, poised lyric voice that looks built to last.
–  Paul Farley




“I can’t make you feel what I felt” (David Foster Wallace), one of the epigraphs to For Real, is a challenge to which Wilkinson rises with considerable success.

‘Wilkinson's craft carries a precision of thought and expression that’s hard to reproduce ... the poems abound with subtly used devices and effects.’





1 comment:

Edward Ferrari said...

£5? Bargain.