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`Whether on stage or on the page, her language hits like lightning. It illuminates and it burns.' Guardian



Running Upon The Wires is Kate Tempest's first book of free-standing poetry since the acclaimed Hold Your Own. In a beautifully varied series of formal poems, spoken songs, fragments, vignettes and ballads, Tempest charts the heartbreak at the end of one relationship and the joy at the beginning of a new love; but also tells us what happens in between, when the heart is pulled both ways at once.



Running Upon The Wires is, in a sense, a departure from her previous work, and unashamedly personal and intimate in its address - but will also confirm Tempest's role as one of our most important poetic truth-tellers: it will be no surprise to readers to discover that she's no less a direct and unflinching observer of matters of the heart than she is of social and political change. Running Upon The Wires is a heartbreaking, moving and joyous book about love, in its endings and in its beginnings.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 06/09/2018 ISBN-13: 9781509830022  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Kate Tempest was born in London in 1985. Her work includes the plays Wasted, Glasshouse and Hopelessly Devoted; the poetry collections Everything Speaks in its Own Way and Hold Your Own; the albums Everybody Down, Balance and Let Them Eat Chaos; the long poems Brand New Ancients and Let Them Eat Chaos; and her debut novel, The Bricks that Built the Houses. She was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for her debut album, Everybody Down, and received the Ted Hughes Award and a Herald Angel Award for Brand New Ancients. Kate was also named a Next Generation poet in 2014.

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Split into three sections (End, Middle, and Beginning), Tempest's latest collection follows her heartbreak, grief, and, eventually, hope as we see her move from mourning an ended relationship to meeting someone new—yet the ghosts of her previous girlfriend continue to grieve her as well as her new partner.

Break ups, lost love, and heartache has been the bread and butter of poetry since—well, since always. It's such a universal experience that it has undoubtedly been said and done in every language, form, and manner possible, but, if this collection is anything to go by, I don't think we'll run out of things to say about this topic any time soon.

Tempest's approach is purely her own, with her exceptional use of language, which manages to capture every awkward, agonising and blissful moment that comes out of falling in and out of love. It's excruciatingly close to the bone at times, and manages to blend humour and pain seamlessly into one, making for emotional reading on both ends of the spectrum. I particularly loved the fluctuating tone in poems such as Getting Out More and Hanging Out With Your Friends..., which turn a laugh into a groan, then back again.

Sexy, startling, blunt and tender, Running Upon the Wires is a collection that will resonate with many and may even heal some of its readers as well.

 

Jay, Grand Central Birmingham

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 03/09/2018

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