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80 Pages, 5.25 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: August 2009

ISBN 9781847770028

Rights: US, CA, NZ, CAM, SAM, CAR, PH, KR & FM

Carcanet Press, Ltd. (Aug 2009)
Carcanet Press Ltd.

Price: $19.95


A strikingly modern textual experiment, this collection of poems takes an audaciously playful approach to poetic structure and borrows inspiration from the most varied of sources: art exhibitions, song lyrics, a London Underground map, and the architecture of an airport. Written with precise attention to detail and containing exceptionally musical rhythms, the pieces are influenced from a range of unlikely sources—from Frank O’Hara and Gertrude Stein to the artwork of Yoko Ono—and blending seamlessly to produce a refreshingly different collection of verse.


"Matthew Welton's first collection, The Book of Matthew, is an achievement: it arrives with a unique and distinct sensibility; his poems create their own evocative and elusive worlds." —Charles Bainbridge, The Guardian

Author Biography

Matthew Welton is an editor of Stand Magazine and teaches creative writing at Bolton Institute. His poetry collection, The Book of Matthew, won the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Prize, and his poems have also appeared in Faber's First Pressings and New Poetries 2.