Sleeping Through
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Sleeping Through


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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 a collection of poems which listen for connections: bringing ham sandwiches together with the idea of the afterlife, bees with improbability, and which describe different ways of falling and belonging to the earth.

  

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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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