Synopses & Reviews
examines the often brutal arena of human relations. Informed by both wit and a melancholic undercurrent, the book thoughtfully provokes concepts of happiness and sadness, of warring and reparation. The volume concludes with an affecting sequence about a marriage, inspired by that most influential of military treatises, .
The dense purity of the language recalls the unflinching confessional mode of Robert Lowell and the tender Hughes of Birthday Letters.One of the most memorable meditations on love and marriage in contemporary literature. These 65 pages will knock you flat. -- Dave Eggers, author of
"Laird's ear for 'smallish lexical mercies' yields superb lines."--Stephen Burt, New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Nick Laird is the author of the novel Utterly Monkey. His debut poetry collection, To a Fault, was shortlisted for the 2005 Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. Born in Northern Ireland, Laird lives in New York and London.