Author:
Jean Sprackland (one of our writers)
Type:
Poetry
Published:
October 2007
Publisher:
Jonathan Cape
ISBN-13:
978-0224080866

About the publication

Jean Sprackland's third collection describes a world in free-fall. Chaos and calamity are at our shoulder, in the shape of fire and flood, ice-storm and hurricane; trains stand still, zoos are abandoned, migrating birds lose their way - all surfaces are unreliable, all territories unmapped.

These are poems that explore the ambivalence and dark unease of slippage and collapse, but they also carry a powerful sense of the miraculous made manifest amongst the ordinary: the mating of natterjack toads, ice on the beach ('dream stuff, with its own internal acoustic') or 'the fund of life' in a used contraceptive. Bracken may run wild across the planet 'waiting for the moment/to pounce on the accident/of the discarded match' but there are also the significant wonders of children and the natural beauty of the world they've inherited. Tilt is a collection of raw, distressed and beautiful poems, a hymn to the remarkable survival of things in the face of threat - for every degradation an epiphany, for every drowning a birth.

Reviews

A great collection of crafted and delicate poems that tell us what it is to be alive now.

Costa Poetry Award judges

Tilt is an assured and convincing book of poems from a poet of incisive wit and subtle intelligence… the thematic scope of the collection often dazzles in its range and ambition.

Ben Wilkinson, Tower Poetry