in Various Poses
, a debut
collection of poems from Lewis Buxton
, explores all the different types of boy
you can be – tender, awful, thoughtful, vulnerable. Here, a maelstrom of mental
health, male bodies, and sexuality is laid bare with wit and curiosity, and the
complexity and multiplicity of gender itself is revealed.
The boy in question
is often shapeshifting, slippery, unreliable, close yet never quite in focus,
moving too fast to pause and take a breath - yet Buxton studies these boys, their bodies and behaviours,
with a disarming intimacy and precision. These poems are provocative, nuanced and often laugh-out-loud funny,
shining with a naked, shameless brilliance.
"This book is unforgettable, utterly addictive." - Helen Mort