Overheard in a Tower Block: Poems (Paperback)
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Overheard in a Tower Block: Poems (Paperback)

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Paperback 112 Pages
Published: 06/07/2017
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Waterstones Says

A vibrant celebration of urban environments, Coelho's accomplished collection of city-centric poems feature everything from singing statues, mermaid queens and things that skulk in the shadows of the library.

Gazing at the stars from five storeys up,
smelling the bins from five storeys below.
Overheard arguments,
overheard laughter.

A disappearing father and a Mermaid-Queen mother; statues that sing for flesh and blood; bullies who kick you under the table; perfect red trainers - and the things that lurk in the library...

Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho's astonishing new collection is a powerful and moving poetic narrative about growing up in the city.

Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781910959589
Number of pages: 112
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A collection that will excite, intrigue and stretch teenagers and that offers a lot of scope for classroom discussion.' - IBBY Link

'This slim volume of more than four dozen poems of varying lengths charts the narrator's course from childhood in low-income urban housing to adolescence to young adulthood and fatherhood.The unnamed narrator personifies the unforgiving public-housing tower block as a "zombie" hungry for human lives and memories. He dodges a bully in "Smashing Snails in the Rain" and overhears an "Argument": "The monster / With a roar made up of shouts," whose "jaws snap / Like slamming doors," and whose "claws clatter / Like kitchen drawers." His father gives him the perfect pair of red sneakers in "Trainers." These shoes return many times across the collection, acting as a possible symbol of the boy's hero worship of his often absent father. As the boy enters his teens, he goes from confident to awkward to embracing the changes his body experiences in "Man...I Had It Made." In later poems, he has his first kiss, gets exam results, and leaves home for the first time. He becomes a father, "whose heart thumps solely for his / daughter." Poetic forms vary, with some rhyming and others not. Readers may have difficulty understanding the trilogy of sophisticated poems based on the myth of Prometheus. Race is not mentioned, and the flat, unemotional black-and-white sketches provide few clues.It may take readers a few rounds to fully appreciate and understand the loose, unassumingly sophisticated narrative that joins the poems.' - Kirkus

'Rich with metaphor and secret meaning, his poetry is deeply welcoming, and his sensibility is both mythic and urban.' - Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian

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