Made up of humorous and poignant poems, this collection meditates upon family, loss, and the landscape of memory. A wonderfully various and mature compilation, it also includes poems of quasi-dramatic mologues in the voice of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Those interested in contemporary poetry and the poetry of music will appreciate this compilation.
Gareth Reeves studied at the University of Oxford and at Stanford University, where he held a Wallace Stegner Writing Fellowship. He is currently part-time Reader in English at Durham University, where he runs an MA creative writing course in poetry. Carcanet Press have published two previous collections of his poetry, Real Stories (1984) and Listening In (1993). He is also the author of two books on T.S. Eliot, a book on poetry of the 1930s (with Michael O'Neill), and many essays on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English, American and Irish poetry.