- Michael Stewart (a published student)
- February 2013
- Valley Press
About the publication
Couples is a new poetry publication from award-winning writer Michael Stewart; a blackly comic sequence of poems that explore the nature of co-dependency - of two people who want to be together, but at the same time cannot help but push each other away.
The layout of the book is itself a commentary on the phenomenon - the poems are placed in their own 'couples', twelve pairs that face each other across the page. Sometimes they exchange a glance, sometimes they stand side-by-side, staring out into the abyss; only when the book is closed, and they are in darkness, do they truly come together.
Bleak but wonderful... familiar, and of course funny.Alan Bennett
Dark, funny and twisted, but surprisingly tender.AL Kennedy