To Abandon Wizardry


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Bloodaxe Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.3 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Matthew Caley's Thirst (Slow Dancer, 1999) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and followed by The Scene of My Former Triumph (Wrecking Ball Press, 2005), Apparently (Bloodaxe Books, 2010); his lost second collection, Professor Glass (Donut Press, 2011); and his later collections, Rake (Bloodaxe Books, 2016), Trawlerman's Turquoise (Bloodaxe Books, 2019) and To Abandon Wizardry (Bloodaxe Books, 2023). His work has been included in many anthologies, including Roddy Lumsden's Identity Parade (Bloodaxe Books, 2010) and John Stammers' Picador Book of Love Poems. He has also co-edited Pop Fiction: The Song in Cinema with Stephen Lannin (Intellect, 2005). He lives in London with artist Pavla Alchin and their two daughters.


"The humour and playfulness... shows off Caley's carefree ability to draw lines across time and space. It also feels profoundly European - a poetry in which borders do not exist, and we are all reflected in this multicultural, pan-historical vision."--Chrissy Williams, Poetry London

'... the technical resources deployed remain consistently highly coloured and deft in execution. A tanka-derived syllabic structure for stanzas predominates, but a multitude of other forms are used with intelligent grace...I know that it is the verve of Caley's writing I will be re-reading.' - Ian McEwen, Magma, on Rake

'Decidedly indecorous, Caley's vocabulary pricks his readers to keep the action anachronistic and contemporary... the book is a Waste Land of sorts, punctuated with Pound-like fragments...carefully [meticulously] crafted.' - Edwina Attlee, The Poetry Review, on Rake