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Dear Room by Hugo Williams

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Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2006.

Costa Book Awards 2006 Judges' comment: "Elegantly crafted poems which have an emotional narrative that is both wistful and raw."


Dear Room by Hugo Williams

Dear Room is a worthy successor to Billy’s Rain (1999), whose preoccupations and occasions it continues and ramifies, charting the ‘angles, signals, orders, murmurs, sighs’ of love, separation and loss. With grave good humour, ruefully exact timing and a scruple reminiscent of Thomas Hardy, these poems register the goodbye look of things, and ponder the difference between a good memory and an inability to forget. By turns candid, caustic and drastically self-accusing, the many tenses and afterlives of desire are parsed - in sawn-off monologues, short stories in verse, thumbnail dramas, splintery photographs. In poem after poem Hugo Williams joins a sense of things missed and missing to a redemptive act of imaginative capture, and Dear Room uncovers an ethics of the present, reminding us in the words of Philip Larkin that ‘days are where we live’.

About the Author

Hugo Williams
Hugo Williams was born in 1942 and grew up in Sussex. He worked on the London Magazine from 1961 to 1970, since when he has earned his living as a journalist and travel writer. He has been TV critic on the New Statesman, theatre critic on the Sunday Correspondent and film critic for Harper's & Queen. He writes the 'Freelance' column in the Times Literary Supplement and lives in London.

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2nd March 2006


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Faber And Faber


Paperback (b Format)
64 pages


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Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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