Never Never Never Come Back

by Kirsten Irving

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Don’t go over the hill, or look too long into the well, or go carousing with strangers, or you’ll never never never never come back. With the haunting quality of nursery rhymes but the complexity of a dark and smoky wine, these poems brood on absence and abandonment, outcasts and anomalies, monstrosity and mistakes.

At the heart of the collection are a suite of tightly focused, often impressionistic character studies ranging from cannibals to schoolgirls, but Irving also finds space in the shadows for desperate love songs to pilots and robots, satiric odes to tyrants and deft engagements with popular and literary culture. Whether turning the features of a pinball table into an emotional debris field or recounting unnerving sexual encounters, these are rich and rangy poems of a defiantly unusual character that linger in the mind as much for their controlled dissonances as their uncompromising subject matter.

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released February 10, 2013

Recording: Adam Withford at Soundsource
(www.soundsource-uk.com)

Cover art: Matt Latchford
(www.mattlatchford.com)

Beautiful hardback book available from Salt Publishing (saltpublishing.com)

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Kirsten Irving London, UK

Kirsten Irving is a London-based poet and editor, and one half of the team behind collaborative poetry publisher Sidekick Books. 'Never Never Never Come Back', her debut collection, sold out, as did her first pamphlet, ''What To Do' (Happenstance, 2011). She is currently working on an online project, a pamphlet and a live show. Find out more at www.kirstenirving.com ... more

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