Neil Addison’s poem sequence Stealth/Exile/Inventory has wit, poise and movement, and an assured sense of lyricism with a bitter edge. It reaches out quietly but firmly to where poetry wants to be.
- Ken Edwards
Neil Addison’s first full-length collection offers some of the sharpest lyric writing now being composed on these shores. Addison handles line and phrase with the sardonic precision of a Mark E. Smith, punching out altered state of the nation bulletins which take us on ‘Louis Vuitton Journeys’ through desperate times. West Lancashire dispenses its Ikea litany (‘Karlstad, Ektorp, Hemnes’) over a country inundated by a flush of dodgy grand narratives – ‘It / Is taking Britain in / With its private / Sky plus’. This is a book preoccupied with its own mortality, where Death has its ‘hands tied on purpose’, gets ‘talked down’, is ‘parked / out back’ and ‘caught / on speed camera’. But this unflinching work is far from morbid. Instead, its courage becomes life-affirming: ‘Life is easily quenched, / endlessly recast.’
- Scott Thurston
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80pp (120g biotop paper), Japanese stab-stich binding, letter-pressed title and hand-cut covers.
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