Spoon Rebellion
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Spoon Rebellion

26pp  |  9781910367759

Price: £5

The title poem Spoon Rebellion celebrates the impulse to rise up and find small but significant freedoms, for spoons to dance and be set free, to write a way through and beyond the legacy of our parents. In this collection we see the wish to stop work, to go for a walk, to enjoy fresh air and swimming, amongst glimpses of small towns in Brexit Britain. Comic, sharp-eyed and reflective, seventeenth century herbal medicine attempts to heal the country, elegy-hymns are sung to Sheffield’s famous now-no-longer cooling towers and the Erewash Canal. Moments of satire, moments of sadness and righteous anger as Shakespeare receives evaluation forms, as precarious plate spinners from Bulgaria visit Clay Cross, Derbyshire, these poems combine warmth, looking sideways, and illuminating and commemorating what happens when you don’t want to work, or when industry and work are gone. 


“Matt Black is a poet who wears his heart on his sleeve and his skill in his pen; his poems show that poetry can be a healing art, a celebratory art and an art that can best illuminate the times we live in. More power to his shining work.”
Ian McMillan


Matt Black lives in Leamington Spa. Since being Derbyshire Poet Laureate (2011-2013) he has successfully completed over 25 commissions, with poems on 15 benches, 20 milestones, a large glass panel, and in exhibitions and publications. He has read at festivals in the UK, Europe and America, his next collection is Tales from the Leaking Boot (Iron Press, 2018), and his first play The Storm Officer will tour in 2018.


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