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Hidden Music

Hidden Music

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‘We included everything we wanted to say without saying it.’ — Duke Ellington Hidden Music is a collection of poems that listens and responds to Ralph Dartford’s lifetime obsession with song, and which subsequently allows his singular poetic vision to take flight. From Nick Cave to Lee Morgan, and Ella Fitzgerald to Radiohead, these poems search and reveal the untold stories within a dyslexic and melodious imagination, and like the most intoxicating music, gifts ownership to both the listener and the reader. To be supported by an extensive tour of literary festivals. Featuring iconic cover art by Pete McKee. "Dartford's latest collection is an unashamedly emotional homage to love, loss and Cubist fry-ups in south Yorkshire. A tender lament to the hidden music of heartbreak and the bittersweet transience of happiness, shot through with nostalgia, wry humour and a warm intelligence." — Anthony Clavane "Hidden Music is a fabulous 'album' of poems, each unique but all musically intertwined. The effect is that of a late-night radio show, a slow drive along unlit roads, the poems feeding into the ear, softly, like the tracks they are linked to, pulling the reader through memory and imagination on a journey of poetic expression. This collection is a sublime experience; a refreshing, boundary-testing setlist that hits every note. I can't wait to listen to the playlist now." — Wendy Pratt