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Ground Water

Authors: Matthew Hollis

Published by Bloodaxe Books

ISBN: 9781852246570

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Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Whitbread Poetry Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

In this sparkling debut, Matthew Hollis immerses us in the undercurrents of our lives. Love and loss are buoyed by a house full of milk, an orchard underwater, the laws of walking on water. Rainwater, floodwater, flux - the liquid landscapes which shift relentlessly in Ground Water - threaten and comfort by turns. Hollis's poems are brimming with courage in adversity as well as the promise of renewal, culminating in a powerful sequence about a father's struggle with terminal illness. Ground Water is a startling first collection from a remarkable new poet.

"Hollis writes a knowing, lyrical poetry set against a landscape of big skies and battened-down horizons. He combines worldly wisdom with more detailed, vernacular understanding to produce poems that speak with a sense of purpose and place."
Simon Armitage
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