Published by Smith/Doorstop (The Poetry Business)
This Poem... is a new short collection of verse by the inimitable Blake Morrison.
Bankers, tax havens, call centres, the riots, Jimmy Savile and the Olympics – all these and more appear alongside tender and more personal pieces by one of Britain’s best loved writers.
These witty, astute and hugely enjoyable snapshots of contemporary life are a topical tour-de-force – ‘news that will stay news’.
Blake Morrison is well known for his fiction and award-winning prose memoirs. But he began as a poet and this pamphlet marks a welcome return to his favourite form.
'Morrison brings delicately descriptive gifts and an alert intellect to his survey of the contemporary world' – The Scotsman
Blake Morrison was born in Burnley, and grew up in Skipton. His books include two collections, Dark Glasses and The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper; two bestselling memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father? and Things My Mother Never Told Me; a children’s book, The Yellow House; several play adaptations and libretti; and three novels, including South of the River (2007) and The Last Weekend (2010).
His prizes include an Eric Gregory Award, Somerset Maugham Award, Dylan Thomas Prize, E. M. Forster Award, J.R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography, and Esquire/Waterstone's Non-Fiction Award.
He lives in south London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College.
A Discoverie of Witches was published in 2012 as a collaboration between Smith|Doorstop and Lancaster Litfest