A Straight Up Giant
Serious, comic, brave, cowardly, engaged, disengaged, urgent, unurgent, chattering chiffchaff, talking horses, unpretentious, pretentious: Mark Waldron's expansive fifth collection encompasses it all.
There are a series of fairytale poems, and others which give unfettered voice to the character of Marcie, a character who has appeared in Mark Waldron's previous books. But behind the humour and playfulness, there is always something deeply unmeant, meant. Readers of Mark Waldron's previous collections will find all of his trademark wit and imagination here, as well as new poetic territory as Waldron continues to develop his distinctive voice.
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'Clearly, Waldron has enough wit and imagination to sink a battleship, but perhaps the most interesting thing about his work is the use to which he puts features widely disseminated in contemporary poetry: randomness, whimsy, play and inconsequence.... When Waldron exploits these traits and turns them inside out, he shows an impressive elegance and rhetorical power, sustained despite a blizzard of broken registers and bits of this and that. His work reveals an authority it might at first seem far from seeking. The outcome is poetry that might count for something.' - Sean O'Brien, The Guardian, on Meanwhile Trees
'His special skill is comedy, but not the standup sort. His speakers expose themselves self-accusingly, defiantly, or bashfully, while at the same time seeming snug as bugs in their tightly interlocked chainmail of precise language.... And there lies the delight of the collection: it gives us a rare sense of the Elizabethan richness of an English that's available right now. Underneath the defamiliarising ingenuity, the political pretension-pricking and all the narrative verve and swerve, the diction is the real star of this invigorating book.' - Carol Rumens, Observer, Poetry Book of the Month [on Meanwhile, Trees]
'He has since been publishing books steadily every few years and his latest, Sweet, Like Rinky-Dink, continues to develop his distinctive voice.... [an] accomplished and entertaining collection that showcases Waldron's mercurial poetic voice.' - Kit Toda, Times Literary Supplement