The Noir American and Other Poems

The Noir American and Other Poems

By Tony Roberts

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-15-0

88 pages, Paperback, 135x210mm

Tony Roberts was born in Doncaster and educated in England and America. His poems, essays and reviews appear regularly in the literary press. He is the author of a book of essays, The Taste in My Mind (2015) and the editor of Poetry in the Blood (2014) both from Shoestring Press.

In this fifth collection, The Noir American & Other Poems, Roberts returns to familiar preoccupations. ‘The Noir American’ gathers together the six popular misadventures of his 1950s jazzman, Ty ‘Prince’ Dove, and adds seven new ones to complete his picaresque tale. Of the Prince’s last outing, Michael Mott wrote:

‘Those who have already discovered Tony Roberts’s “Noir American” will be glad to learn that he appears in three episodes at the end of Drawndark—“Where He Sings The Blues For Lady Day,” “In Which He Jams With Bird & Hits The Water Running,” and “Of Howling at the Moon & Digging Bill Evans.” Each is carried off with great skill, courage, and panache, and the last is very funny.’ – The Sewanee Review

This collection also presents love poems to family and friends, elegies and monologues, continuing the work of Drawndark, which was described by N.S. Thompson in the following terms:

‘If the collection appears to be something of an exotic Victorian bell jar full of interesting curios, the work is tempered by the fresh air of actual experience, more often comic than not, but can be touchingly lyrical.’ – Stand