Sea of the Edge by Matthew Smith
‘A rewarding collection of poems which range from vivid word-pictures evoked with a Japanese-inspired tonal delicacy through perceptively treated domestic scenes to often mysterious narratives of dreaming, memory and the recurring search for something beyond the physical realities and constraints of everyday life. An authentic voice... a capturing of people at a crossroads in their lives.’
— Caroline Price
From the woman who wanders the halls of a department store and tests the water in the empty baths, to the man who dances in his garden with a mysterious partner who eyes his escape, the characters in Matthew Smith’s poems match those in his debut novel The Waking (Wundor Editions 2017) for the strangeness and the unsettling quality of the lives they lead.
Smith’s poetry has been published in The London Magazine, Acumen, Envoi, Orbis and Poetry Salzburg Review. He won second place at The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2018 for his poem Black Fire. He has been shortlisted for numerous national competitions in the UK, including the PENfro Open and the Nottingham Open.
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