How To Proceed

How To Proceed

By Andrew Sant

Price: £9.00

ISBN: 978-1-910323-22-9

148x210mm, paperback, 142 pages

The essays in this mischievously titled collection, How to Proceed, are, in the author’s own words, ‘apparently offhand, informal, digressive and unashamedly personal’. Perhaps, he suggests in the introduction, they are not really essays at all. They explore subjects ranging from the nature of time to the pleasures (and pitfalls) of walking, the mysteries of marriage to the matter of taking risks. Trust is scrutinized and the gaining of self-knowledge tested. Always lively, often amusing, sometimes poignant, these verbal excursions make clear that, in most circumstances, discovering how to proceed is rarely less than tricky. Written with a poet’s eye for detail – the author is a distinguished poet – this collection, whether focusing on the perils of modern transport or the potential satisfactions of curiosity, contains many surprising departures.

“In what is now a significant body of work we should see Andrew Sant, in this new book, in its approachable eloquence and its formal and musical intelligence as, in his phrase, a new ‘passport into immersion.’” – Adam Phillips, reviewing Speed & Other Liberties in The Observer

Andrew Sant is the author of numerous collections of poems, including two Selected Poems, one published in the UK, the other in Australia. He has lived in London, Melbourne, and Hobart, Tasmania, pursued various occupations, travelled widely, and been a writer-in-residence at several universities, including the University of Peking in Beijing, China, and Goldsmiths College, University of London. His most recent collection of poems, published in 2013, is The Bicycle Thief & Other Poems.

Read the London Grip Poetry Review here.