Precocious is Adam Lowe as those who know him know him best. In this chapbook, which was a reader nomination for the Guardian First Book Prize 2012, we experience the blossoming of a poetic voice that is assured and challenging, but accessible and lighthearted.
His craft is well-honed and his language bold but playful. He writes poems of love and loss, of life and death, of sex and alienation.
In these poems Adam Lowe takes risks, swoops and dazzles, and brings it all back down to earth again.
‘the stuff Calamus award winners are made of – delicate handling of rhyme and euphony, bittersweet ballads, and the harsh inner toils of the disenfranchised.’ – Chris Kelso
‘A vivid picture of emotions, deeply felt, but with a clear-eyed view of the ways we humans live, love and sometimes betray.’ – Guardian reader’s comments