Let Them Eat Chaos (Paperback)
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Let Them Eat Chaos (Paperback)

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Paperback 80 Pages
Published: 06/10/2016
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Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2016

 

Follow that light with your tired eyes.

               It’s been a long day, I know, but look –

                                                            watch as it flickers

                                             then roars into fullness

                                             Fills the whole frame.

                            Blazing a fire you can’t bear the majesty of

An extraordinary new epic in verse from a masterful pioneer of performance poetry.

Let Them Eat Chaos, Kae Tempest's new long poem, written for live performance and heard on the album release of the same name, is both a powerful sermon and a moving play for voices.

Seven neighbours inhabit the same London street, but are all unknown to each other.

The clock freezes in the small hours, and, one by one, we see directly into their lives: lives that are damaged, disenfranchised, lonely, broken, addicted, and all, apparently, without hope.

Then a great storm breaks over London, and brings them out into the night to face each other - and their last chance to connect. Tempest argues that our alienation from one another has bred a terrible indifference to our own fate, but she counters this with a plea to challenge the forces of greed which have conspired to divide us, and mend the broken home of our own planet while we still have time.

Let Them Eat Chaos is a cri de coeur and a call to action. It is undoubtedly, both on the page and in Tempest's electric performance, one of the most powerful poetic and contemporarily relevant statements of the year.

Kae Tempest burst onto the scene as a spoken-word-artist, poet, rapper and playwright having been performing at open-mic nights since the age of 16. They received unprecedented acclaim from all quarters for their inventive long-form poem Brand New Ancients for which they were awarded the Ted Hughes Award.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509830008
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 126 g
Dimensions: 196 x 154 x 8 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

In terms of visibility, Kate Tempest is currently way ahead of her performance-poet peers. Out on her own, she sounds like a woman who knows exactly what she's doing - Alexis Petridis, Guardian

Kate Tempest’s Let Them Eat Chaos is this year’s antidote to Brexit and Trump. Across genre, across politics, across imagination. Rapper. Ranter. Run-a-way. Runway - Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

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“Left me reeling. Left me feeling.”


Not usually an avid reader of poetry, I requested a reading copy of this as I loved the concept and found it intriguing. (Read it straight away despite a mounting pile of "to read...")

The piece - call it... More

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“wake up and love more”

Seven strangers awake in the early hours of the morning contemplate their situation in life while others in the city sleep. A storm is brewing in this frozen moment in time and as the clock moves forward again it... More

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“A brilliant experience”

My first experience from Kate Tempest. I read this whilst listening to the album of the same name and it was so perfect. I probably would have butchered the rhymes when reading it.

The words are so raw, so engaging... More

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