Dirt Paperback / softback
There are all types of bodies.If you're lucky you'll find someone whose skinis a canvas for the story of your life.Write well.
Take care of the heartbeat behind it. Billy Letford's Dirt revels in the fallow, the tainted, the off , and the unloved.
The poems embrace a good life stitched together with bad circumstances, bungled chances, missed callings.
Whether loitering on the street corner, 'poackets ful eh ma fingers', or stumbling from a bar 'like a monkey in the jungle of traffic, stinking, wild and free', the characters in Letford's poems deliver one thing in spades: heart. 'On Friday I visit my seventy-seven-year-old granny.
She's smoking a joint. It's not a surprise.' Letford's words are lightly worn yet carefully measured; they move between English and Scots, lyrical and concrete, accumulating what the poet has described as an array of textures.
Resisting modernity's unearthly glare, it is a life with grain, with grit, 'rotten with wonder', that Letford seeks.
The poems dig for a grace within dirt's humble endurance. 'There's dignity there. Lay yourself open.'
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 72 pages
- Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/08/2016
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781784102005