It Says Here

Paperback edition released 03/09/2020

by Sean O'Brien

It Says Here Synopsis

It Says Here is Sean O'Brien's follow-up to his celebrated collection Europa, and has a vision as rich and wide-ranging as its predecessor. Set against shorter, ruthlessly focused pieces - vicious and scabrous political sketches and satires charting the growth of extremism and the disintegration of democracy - are meditations on the imaginative life, dream and remembrance, time and recurrence. There are elegies for friends and fellow poets; paranoiac, brooding pastorals; other poems lay bare the maddening trials of a historically literate mind as it attempts to navigate a world gone post-content, post-intellectual, and at times post-memory. At the centre of the book is the long poem Hammersmith, a shadowy, cinematic dream-vision of England during and since the Second World War. Here, O'Brien charts a psychogeographic journey through the English countryside and the haunted precincts of London, mapping a labyrinth of love, madness and lost history. The result is a stirring, illuminating document of a time of immense societal flux and upheaval by one of our finest poets and most insightful cultural commentators. 'In both technical mastery and his belief in the seriousness of the poetic art, O'Brien is WH Auden's true inheritor.' Irish Times

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781509840427
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Sean O'Brien
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Primary Genre Poetry by individual poets

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About Sean O'Brien

Sean O'Brien's poetry has received numerous awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize (three times), the E.M Forster Award and the Roehampton Poetry Prize. His Collected Poems appeared in 2012. Europa is his ninth collection. His work has been published in several languages. His novel Once Again Assembled Here was published in 2016. He is also a critic, editor, translator, playwright and broadcaster. Born in London, he grew up in Hull. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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