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    Rotten Days in Late Summer

    £9.99
    Recommended by Joe Vaughan, our Booksales & Retail Buyer

    It is rare to find a book of poetry that transports us so deeply into the mind of its creator. These poems feel timeless. Webb has a delicate and ancient voice and uses it to explore memories of the tail end of youth and the death of his father. It has the languid quality of E.E Cummings, Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath at their best. It provides a sorrowful way to remember happiness, and a joyous way of facing grief.

    ISBN: 9780141992730
    AuthorRalf Webb
    Pub Date27/05/2021
    BindingPaperback
    Pages112
    Availability: In Stock

    Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection

    'Impressive . . . tender, unflinching' Guardian
    'This is poetry in the grand tradition of annihiliation by desire. It's what the young are always learning, and the old, if they are wise, never forget' Anne Boyer, author of The Undying
    'Brilliant . . . heralds the arrival of a frank and vital poetic voice' Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
    'Frank and alert . . . an important voice in British poetry' Eley Williams, author of The Liar's Dictionary
    'Direct and heart-breaking' Alex Dimitrov, author of Love and Other Poems
    'A rare thing . . . razor-sharp' Julia Copus, author of This Rare Spirit: A Life of Charlotte Mew

    In Rotten Days in Late Summer, Ralf Webb turns poetry to an examination of the textures of class, youth, adulthood and death in the working communities of the West Country, from mobile home parks, boyish factory workers and saleswomen kept on the road for days at a time, to the yearnings of young love and the complexities of masculinity.

    Alongside individual poems, three sequences predominate: a series of 'Love Stories', charting a course through the dreams, lies and salt-baked limbs of multiple relationships; 'Diagnostics', which tells the story of the death from cancer of the poet's father; and 'Treetops', a virtuosic long poem weaving together grief and mental health struggles in an attempt to come to terms with the overwhelming data of a life.

    The world of these poems is close, dangerous, lustrous and difficult: a world in which whole existences are lived in the spin of almost-inescapable fates. In searching for the light within it, this prodigious debut collection announces the arrival of a major new voice in British poetry.

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    Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection

    'Impressive . . . tender, unflinching' Guardian
    'This is poetry in the grand tradition of annihiliation by desire. It's what the young are always learning, and the old, if they are wise, never forget' Anne Boyer, author of The Undying
    'Brilliant . . . heralds the arrival of a frank and vital poetic voice' Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
    'Frank and alert . . . an important voice in British poetry' Eley Williams, author of The Liar's Dictionary
    'Direct and heart-breaking' Alex Dimitrov, author of Love and Other Poems
    'A rare thing . . . razor-sharp' Julia Copus, author of This Rare Spirit: A Life of Charlotte Mew

    In Rotten Days in Late Summer, Ralf Webb turns poetry to an examination of the textures of class, youth, adulthood and death in the working communities of the West Country, from mobile home parks, boyish factory workers and saleswomen kept on the road for days at a time, to the yearnings of young love and the complexities of masculinity.

    Alongside individual poems, three sequences predominate: a series of 'Love Stories', charting a course through the dreams, lies and salt-baked limbs of multiple relationships; 'Diagnostics', which tells the story of the death from cancer of the poet's father; and 'Treetops', a virtuosic long poem weaving together grief and mental health struggles in an attempt to come to terms with the overwhelming data of a life.

    The world of these poems is close, dangerous, lustrous and difficult: a world in which whole existences are lived in the spin of almost-inescapable fates. In searching for the light within it, this prodigious debut collection announces the arrival of a major new voice in British poetry.