The Messages

The Messages

By Angela Leighton

Price: £9.00

ISBN: 978 1 907356 30 8

78 pages

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Angela Leighton has published books and essays on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, including On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Legacy of a Word, as well as two previous volumes of poetry: A Cold Spell (2000) and Sea Level (2007).  Her poems have appeared in many magazines in Britain and America, and some have been set to music.

A musical heritage lies behind this new collection — a collection which explores the complexities of listening, as if for sounds or messages beyond what can be heard.  These carefully crafted poems open up into a world where sounds might carry — across fenland landscapes, Sicilian seascapes, into mysterious places of myth and memory.  Always attentive to the rhythms of the language, surprising, spare or richly textured, these are poems which always keep the ear attuned to the strange music of things.

‘Outstanding among the excellent … the poems ring like bells.’ Anne Stevenson, Other Poetry.

‘Angela Leighton’s language is surprisingly meaty.  This is attentive, sure-footed poetry.’  Sara Crown, The Guardian.

‘The density of Angela Leighton’s poetry is of the best kind: a feeling for the play of words in space, on space; a richness of diction, which is uncompromising and unpredictable; a consciousness of the tradition within which she is working.’ John Greening, TLS.

‘She is clearly an original poet and may come to be an important one.’ Elaine Feinstein, The Times.