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If All the World and Love Were Young (Paperback)
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If All the World and Love Were Young (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 29/08/2019
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'Every poem in this book is a marvel. Taken all together they make up a work of almost miraculous depth and beauty' Sally Rooney

'A poetry debut fit to compare with Seamus Heaney. This wonderful long poem is up there with the greats' Sunday Times

Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection

When Stephen Sexton was young, video games were a way to slip through the looking glass; to be in two places at once; to be two people at once. In these poems about the death of his mother, this moving, otherworldly narrative takes us through the levels of Super Mario World, whose flowered landscapes bleed into our world, and ours, strange with loss, bleed into it. His remarkable debut is a daring exploration of memory, grief and the necessity of the unreal.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141990026
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 117 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm


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[An] astonishing debut...The writing itself hardly draws breath; it's crowded and confident in range and depth. Sexton takes the risk of avowing both the high stakes he's writing for, and his emotional presence, within the poems themselves...If poetry is "about" anything, then If All the World is about cancer, bereavement, family life, natural and material worlds and the nature of memory. Despite this range it is quite astonishingly through-composed....it is a book to gulp down at one sitting, then to return to, to savour * The Guardian *
A poetry debut fit to compare with Seamus Heaney. This wonderful long poem is up there with the greats...A wonderful piece of writing * The Times *
This is an extraordinary, moving collection of poems whose dense, constrained forms are the forms the intellect takes when it is coping; the self takes when it can, as it must; when the subject envelopes. This book is as rich + sustaining, as memorable + inimitable as is the loved one's voice. You will follow it across the Causeway, into the beached whale in Donegal, into the pixelated hyacinths and the heavy rain. With the munificent vocabulary of Alan Gillis and the gut-punched wisdom of Anne Sexton and Denise Riley, the speaker claims: 'I tried to make a monument from the emptiness of the house.' Sexton has made a monument. Readers: crowd around it. -- Caoilinn Hughes
Every poem in this book is a marvel. Taken all together they make up a work of almost miraculous depth and beauty -- Sally Rooney
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