Let Them Eat Chaos

Let Them Eat Chaos

Fiction & Poetry, Poetry
Paperback Published on: 06/10/2016
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Let Them Eat Chaos
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 ... READ MORE


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: 126g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 154 x 8 mm

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Let Them Eat Chaos
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 froz... READ MORE
Jane Cowley
Let Them Eat Chaos
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 th... READ MORE
Let Them Eat Chaos
Picked up a copy after being blown away by seeing Kate Tempest perform this on BBC 4.
Adam Weigel at Piccadilly
Let Them Eat Chaos
Sit back and revel in the marvel of her word wizardry
I requested a copy of 'Let Them Eat Chaos' after reading 'Hold Your Own,' which absolutely blew me away. Tempest's voice is so real, so relevant to our tim... READ MORE
Eleanor Stefiuk