Sleeping Through
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Sleeping Through

by Faith Lawrence

Price: £7.5

This book is for pre-order only. Publication date 2019-05-01.

Selected by Carol Ann Duffy 

for the Laureate's Choice Collection 2019 (II)


Heavenly lidos, the siren call of the Doctor Who theme tune, the tender melancholy of early motherhood - all these feature in poems which hold ham sandwiches, and salted caramel ice-cream together with unfashionable abstractions like ‘death’ and ‘probability’.




Faith Lawrence thinks about language more than anybody else I’ve ever met. This language-care is obvious in these poems that examine parenthood’s unfathomable rules, the struggle to simply be alive in this crashing decade, and the hope that somehow poetry can be a kind of 3-D printer of, if not solutions, then possibilities.

In one of the poems a child wakes up and says ‘It’s very morning’ and these poems are very here, very now, very all around.
– Ian McMillan

Even as the roots of these poems go searching deep down into what 'had always / belonged to the earth', they show off such gorgeous light and lucidity. A brilliant debut.
– Jacob Polley



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