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As featured in The Guardian‘s ‘Poem of the Week‘ column, and as part of New Writing North’s Read Regional 2018

The poems in Antony Dunn‘s fourth collection explore the passions and tensions of how we live together – as neighbours, as families, as lovers, and as companions to our own various selves.

Here are stories of experience and imagination – of a man’s clothes taking on a life of their own, of a city overcome by an epidemic of weeping, of two goldfish left in an emptying house: touching and enchanting tales that combine bittersweet comedy with an unflinching account of human nature.

At the heart of this deeply affecting collection are poems that dwell on the domestic crises that define our lives, that tell ‘how our hurts come down … hard and without warning’, and ask how we might live with them.

Take This One to Bed is a memorable, thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting response to these crises, in a poetry ‘made delightful by the elegance of Dunn’s art’ (Acumen).

Antony Dunn

United Kingdom

Antony Dunn lives in Leeds. Winner of the Newdigate Prize and an Eric Gregory Award, he has published four collections of poems, Pilots and Navigators, Flying Fish, Bugs and, most recently, Take This One to Bed (Valley Press, October 2016). He edited an...

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