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Rampant Inertia

Rampant Inertia (Paperback)

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In Rampant Inertia Alan Halsey, identified by Tony Lopez as a 'normally secret and invisible language spy', is found going about his familiar business, dismantling the rhetoric of Austerity while tracking scientific and other uncertainties, rereading Burton in the light of the Arab Spring, miming Our Mutual Friend, transcribing a racehorse's gossip, mapping the bricked-up public toilets of Sheffield, tapping Lewis and Clark's conversation in the Lost Trail Pass or fitfully failing to translate Aretino's erotica. Is 'Baa baa black sheep' a political poem? He thinks so. Rampant Inertia completes a trilogy of books, following Term as in Aftermath (Ahadada 2009) and Even if only out of (Veer 2011) although it may be the third in a tetralogy. Selections from Halsey's earlier work appeared in Five Years Out (Galloping Dog 1989), Wittgenstein's Devil (Stride 2000), Marginalien (Five Seasons 2005) and Not Everything Remotely (Salt 2006).

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Shearsman Books Publication Date: 15/05/2014 ISBN-13: 9781848613560  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Born in London in 1949, Halsey ran the Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye for almost twenty years before marrying fellow poet, Geraldine Monk, and moving to Sheffield, where they still live. He works as a painter, collagist and book illustrator/designer, all of which inform his prose poetry. Halsey's work has moved progressively towards the graphic and one recent major project, Memory Screen, a text-graphic, was shown at the Bury Text Festival in 2005 - this was included via CD-rom in his last book of collected poems, Marginalien (West House Books, 2006). Other works include Not Everything Remotely: Selected Poems 1978-2004 (Salt, 2006).

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