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By Chivers, Tom

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WINNER OF THE 2011 ERIC GREGORY AWARDS How To Build A City is the Crashaw Prize-winning debut collection of poetry by Tom Chivers. It is a poetic interrogation of the twenty-first century urban experience, peopled by ghosts of London's past as well as the distinctly modern spectr... read full description below.

ISBN 9781844718849
Barcode 9781844718849
Published 15 July 2011 by Salt Publishing
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Salt Modern Poets
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ISBN-13 9781844718849
ISBN-10 1844718840
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Salt Publishing
Imprint Salt Publishing
Publication Date 15 July 2011
International Publication Date 1 July 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Chivers, Tom
Series Salt Modern Poets
Category Award Winning
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Number of Pages 84
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 6mm
Weight 126g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 821.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

WINNER OF THE 2011 ERIC GREGORY AWARDS How To Build A City is the Crashaw Prize-winning debut collection of poetry by Tom Chivers. It is a poetic interrogation of the twenty-first century urban experience, drawing on the history, culture, society and topography of London. Chivers takes his cue from radical writers such as Iain Sinclair and Barry MacSweeney to create an impressionist poetry, marked by playful riddling, found texts and unusual juxtapositions. How To Build A City is peopled by ghosts of London's past as well as the distinctly modern spectres of spam email, international terrorism and the credit crunch. The title piece is a choppy, sardonic investigation of contemporary East London, a travelogue that never really leaves Liverpool Street Station. Some of the poems are personal accounts of love and loss, including 'Thom, C & I', a long sequence of lyrical fragments cut from a diary written by the poet's mother. Other poems take the reader away from the city to the fenlands of Medieval East Anglia, apple-heavy Himalayan gardens and the bleak uplands of Northern England. How To Build A City captures the mood of a fluctuating, unstable metropolis that is continually coming to terms with multiple and conflicting identities.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for London New Poetry Award 2010 (UK)
NZ Review Tom Chivers' sardonic wit created a sense of a London which was always out to crap on his shoulder.--George Ttoouli Gists & Piths

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Author's Bio

Tom Chivers was born in London in 1983. A writer, editor and promoter, he is Director of Penned in the Margins, Co-Director of London Word Festival and Associate Editor of Tears in the Fence. He was Poet in Residence at The Bishopsgate Institute, London. A limited edition sequence entitled The Terrors was published by Nine Arches Press in 2009. How To Build A City is his first full collection.

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