The Way You Know It

The Way You Know It

New and Selected Poems

By Stuart Henson

Price: £12.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-10-5

130 pages, paperback, 135x210mm

Stuart Henson received an Eric Gregory Award in 1979. Since then he has been steadily publishing poems and stories in a wide range of British and American magazines and anthologies, including the influential Staying Alive and Being Human (Bloodaxe, 2002, 2011). He has also published stage adaptations of Ian Serraillier’s The Silver Sword and John Steinbeck’s The Pearl and a picture book, Who Can Tell, illustrated by Wayne Anderson (Hutchinson Children’s Books, 1996).

Reviewing his most recent Shoestring collection for London Grip, D. A. Prince concludes ‘Part of the pleasure of reading these short poems is that they have taken me back to Henson’s earlier work, to reconnect with why I have always liked his poems. When you have read Feast of Fools I recommend his other titles: he’s worth it.’

This new volume, containing selections from his first two Peterloo titles as well as work from four previous Shoestring Press books now makes that possible. The Way You Know It begins with forty new poems and versions that show Henson moving in edgier directions, combining a more urban and European sensibility with his abiding concerns—for the natural world and for ‘regret, change, decay and resurgence’.

Strength, like a young oak leaf’s, is matched by the delicacy of lightly-run syllables: … ‘Only connect’, wrote E.M. Forster. It is rarely done with such grace. – Alison Brackenbury, PN Review, reviewing Feast of Fools

Stuart Henson’s fourth collection is clever, witty and thoroughly enjoyable. He displays a wide range of craftsmanship and subject matter that constantly surprises and challenges… do find out for yourself how good it is. – Malcolm Carson, Other Poetry, reviewing The Odin Stone

Henson’s work makes literary expectations of its readers, but is never simply showy; form echoes meaning, and the contemporary world and its concerns are vividly present in this enjoyable collection. – Stephanie Norgate, Poetry Review, reviewing The Odin Stone