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I Spy Pinhole Eye

Authors: Philip Gross

Published by Cinnamon Press

ISBN: 9781905614998

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Winner of the Wales Book of the Year 2010

Fresh, creative, intellectually challenging and innovative—one of the finest collaborations between poet and photographer.

"What Denison presents - the dark rootings of steel and concrete; the feeling of something slamming into the earth, establishing its narrow vocabulary of grass, stone, mould, leaf, strut, and the strange, focused moony chill that freezes everything - moves through the clarity, steadiness and humaneness of Philip Gross's verbal imagination to create something new. And that, after all, is the idea: the making new, the exploration, or apprehension of the way things are too much and terrible, as O’Hara saw, there always being something else under and beyond the changing names of things."
George Szirtes

"The collaboration draws upon a dialogue of points of view and is fascinating in the way it explores the similarities and differences between photography and poetry. Poetry that deals with ideas is sadly lacking in contemporary British poetry… But Gross has been probing with increasing explicitness into the meaning of his images… The sequence benefits enormously from Gross’s willingness to tread quizzically on the boundaries between the poetic and the photographic.”
Ian Gregson

Philip Gross is an award winning poet, fiction writer, dramatist and Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University. Previous poetry collections have been Recommendation, Special Commendation or Choice of the Poetry Book Society, whilst The Wasting Game won the 2009 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. Of his twelve poetry collections, two have been limited editions including wood engravings and artist illustrations. Other projects have been collaborations with painters, sculptors, dancers and musicians, as well as imaginative cross-arts work in schools.

Simon Denison's documentary and conceptual landscape photography has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He is the author of two photographic books, The Human Landscape (Greyscale 2002) and Quarry Land (Greyscale 2005). His work has been reviewed widely: including in The Times, The Guardian and on BBC Radio 4. He is a lecturer in the history and interpretation of photography at Birmingham City University's Institute of Art & Design, and reviews books and exhibitions for the Photography magazine.
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