Dirt

William Letford

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd

Published: 25-08-2016

£9.99

The hotly anticipated new collection by an energetic young Scottish poet

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SKU: 9781784102005

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There are all types of bodies.If you’re lucky you’ll find someone whose skinis a canvas for the story of your life.Write well. Take care of the heartbeat behind it. Billy Letford’s Dirt revels in the fallow, the tainted, the off , and the unloved. The poems embrace a good life stitched together with bad circumstances, bungled chances, missed callings. Whether loitering on the street corner, ‘poackets ful eh ma fingers’, or stumbling from a bar ‘like a monkey in the jungle of traffic, stinking, wild and free’, the characters in Letford’s poems deliver one thing in spades: heart. ‘On Friday I visit my seventy-seven-year-old granny. She’s smoking a joint. It’s not a surprise.’ Letford’s words are lightly worn yet carefully measured; they move between English and Scots, lyrical and concrete, accumulating what the poet has described as an array of textures. Resisting modernity’s unearthly glare, it is a life with grain, with grit, ‘rotten with wonder’, that Letford seeks. The poems dig for a grace within dirt’s humble endurance. ‘There’s dignity there. Lay yourself open.’