Not everything I said I did
            I did in fact. Not literally.
            But if it wasn’t all true
            it was true-ish. 
It is a book as ample as it is confident in its risk taking. From the wit of ‘Border Control’ (reminiscent of Richard Wilbur’s) through the movement and energy of the beautiful title poem, The Swerve ruminates on Tang poets and engages in conversations with Buson and Borges. Its mixed tones range from the bold assertions of ‘A Valediction’ (‘Goodbye, year, / we thought you’d never leave.’) and the positive note of this poem’s ending to the delicacy of ‘Threshold’ in which ‘Chen Zhongsen / is carving two Tang poems // on a single grey strand / of his wife’s hair’.
The remembered and the imagined are bound in a poem like ‘Ages’ while a ‘new’ vocabulary is incorporated in ‘Arrivals’ where ‘the language teeters, the fun begins’. This book confirms that Peter Sirr is one of our truest, bravest and most adventurous poets.
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ISBN/EAN 9781911338451
Author Derek Mahon
Publisher Gallery Press
Publication date 1 Oct 2023
Format Paperback
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Peter Sirr: The Swerve

The Swerve, his tenth collection, is Peter Sirr’s first book of poems since The Gravity Wave (2019), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and winner of the Farmgate National Poetry Award.

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