Little Gods established Jacob Polley as one of the leading talents of the younger generation; his third collection sees him extend that gift in often wholly unexpected directions.
As before, Polley's work is often unashamedly lyric, and displays a virtuosic range of form and address.
However, the light has changed in The Havocs: these poems are often imbued with the weird, uncanny and otherworldly, drawing on the folkloric and mythic traditions of north Britain - as well as forms from older English traditions, including riddles and cautionary tales.
However oblique his strategies, Polley's work remains fixed on our most central concerns: our losses of faith, our working lives, our irrational fears and our loves.
The Havocs charts a daring new turn in the work of one of our finest English poets.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 80 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 08/11/2012
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781447207030