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Disinformation by Frances Leviston
  

Disinformation

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Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2016.

The compelling new poetry collection from the T S Eliot Prize shortlisted poet. Many of these poems are concerned with ruined or abandoned structures, dismembered and disappearing bodies, constructed and deconstructed identities; behind them lie the false gods who manipulate the streams of information with which we must navigate the contemporary world. In Leviston's inimitably vivid and vital language,

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Disinformation by Frances Leviston

Frances Leviston's first collection, Public Dream, was one of the most acclaimed debuts of recent years, and praised for combining 'technical mastery with a lucidity that verges on the hypnotic' (The Independent). Leviston's keenly-anticipated second book sees both an intellectual and dramatic intensification of her project. We often credit poetry as a kind of truth-telling, but it can also be an agent and a vessel of disinformation: in the course of making its proofs and confessions, it also seeks to persuade and seduce by any means it can. Leviston uses both sides of poetry's tongue to address one of the key questions of the age: how have we come to know what we think we know? In the title poem, a woman preparing for a child's birthday party suddenly glimpses the invisible screen of false data behind which she lives - and her own complicity in its power. Disinformation challenges us to rescue our idea of identity from that mass of glib truth and persistent falsehood - and proposes how we might begin to think of poetry itself as a means to that end.

About the Author

Frances Leviston was born in Edinburgh in 1982. She grew up in Sheffield and read English at St Hilda's College,Oxford. She has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University. In 2006 she received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Public Dream, her first collection, was published in 2007 by Picador and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her poems have appeared in the London Review of Books, the Guardian, The Times, the TLS, Edinburgh Review, Granta/British Council New Writing, and various anthologies.

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Publication date

1st February 2015

Author

Frances Leviston

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
80 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9781447271147

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