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This book was shortlisted for the 2015 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian First Book Award, and, Longlisted for the 2015 Foyles Green Carnation Prize. Raw and urgent, these poems are hymns to the male body - to male friendship and male love - muscular, sometimes shocking, but always deeply moving. We are witness here to an almost religious celebration of the flesh: a flesh vital with the vulnerability of love and loss, to desire and its departure. In an extraordinary blend of McMillan's own colloquial Yorkshire rhythms with a sinewy, Metaphysical music and Thom Gunn's torque and speed - 'your kiss was deep enough to stand in' - the poems in this first collection confront what it is to be a man and interrogate the very idea of masculinity. This is poetry where every instance of human connection, from the casual encounter to the intimate relationship, becomes redeemable and revelatory. Dispensing with conventional punctuation, the poet is attentive and alert to the quality of breathing, giving the work an extraordinary sense of being vividly poised and present - drawing lines that are deft, lyrical and perfectly pitched from a world of urban dereliction. An elegant stylist and unfashionably honest poet, McMillan's eye and ear are tuned, exactly, to both the mechanics of the body and the miracles of the heart.



Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 09/07/2015 ISBN-13: 9780224102131  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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AndrewMcMillan's debut, physical, was the first poetry collection to win the Guardian First Book Award; it also won a Somerset Maugham Award, an Eric Gregory Award, a Northern Writers' Award and the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. It was shortlisted fornumerous others including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He is a senior lecturer in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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A poet of the bedroom, of the gym of the undressed body. McMillan's interrogations of masculinity and sexuality are sensual, moving and unflinching. The intimacy and eroticisim of his work not only evoke the poetry of his hero, Thom Gunn, but also the amorous verse of Antonio Botto and C P Cavafy. It's a triumphant debut and one that marks the start of what looks set to be an exciting career.

Gary, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 11/10/2016

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