17 – Mark Waldron and Matthew Caley

Burgage Hall


Mark Waldron is a brilliant and highly engaging reader of his work. He began writing poetry in his early 40s, has published The Brand New Dark and The Itchy Sea, and his third collection, Meanwhile, Trees, is due from Bloodaxe in May.

His work captures exactly the uncertain mix of what it is to be a person living today – I really cannot recommend it highly enough” (John Stammers).

Throughout Rake, Matthew Caley’s fifth collection, it can appear as if we are leafing through the oblique diary of an immortal time-travelling rake. The forms used are equally promiscuous: tanka, sonnets, refrains.

Formally outrageous, culturally light-fingered, Caley’s vision and wit make for poems that turn a wondrous, great lamp on the inter-relatedness of all things. An important poet” (John Stammers).

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