The Prince of Wails
Published by CB Editions
Two rites of passage – the death of a father; late fatherhood – are the watermarks that run through Stephen Knight’s latest collection. Formal ingenuity and playfulness mixes with the cool authority of his “level, heartbreaking voice” (Joseph Brodsky), as he confronts the rain, the northerly wind, and the prospect of ‘everyone packing up everyone going home’.
Reviews of Dream City Cinema (1996):
“Knight’s is an urban world, edgy and strangely lit, at its most vivid when described in the echoey full rhyme that he handles so well.”
Helen Dunmore, The Observer
“A masterpiece in miniature, packed with surprisingly enthusiastic and musical treatments of entropy, whether universal or personal, by a top craftsman with a quirky and disconcertingly loveable voice.” – Robert Potts, The Guardian (Books of the Decade)
“His poems... leave you wondering how and why you have changed.”
Stephen Knight’s two previous collections, Flowering Limbs (Bloodaxe, 1993) and Dream City Cinema (Bloodaxe, 1997), were both shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. His novel Mr Schnitzel (Penguin, 2000) won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award. Born in Swansea, he now lives in London.