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Philip Gross


Deep Field
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By Philip Gross



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Deep Field

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

In his nineties Philip Gross’s father, a wartime refugee, began to lose his several languages, first to deafness, then profound aphasia. Deeply thought as well as deeply felt, these poems reach into that gulf to find him – through recovery of histories both spoken and unspoken as well as an excavation of the spoken word itself.

Readers who admired Philip Gross’s subtlety and range in his T.S. Eliot Prize-winning collection The Water Table will find those qualities brought to a new human urgency in the compelling sequences of Deep Field, which was shortlisted for the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year) in 2012.

'A powerful and tender successor to the T.S. Eliot prize-winning The Water Table… The writing is sinewy, urgent and resourceful. This poet is a master of form, deploying his visual and aural patterns for emphasis, as if the page were a musical score… The collection evokes an essence of what it is to be human, the sense of both wonder and estrangement, our place within science, the sheer oddness of who we are. Deep Field is as strong in celebration as in lamentation. With language as its theme, it soars linguistically' - Michael Symmons Roberts & Moniza Alvi, PBS Bulletin.

‘This book speaks directly to the heart of Lapidus concerns with how language can convey, transcend and re-enchant human experience. Philip Gross has not only honoured his father but created something of great beauty and wonder out from those final wordless years' - Victoria Field, Lapidus Journal.

'Philip Gross's previous collection, the T.S. Eliot Prize­winning The Water Table, suggested a deepening vision based on focused contemplation of the world and our place - or lack of place - within it. This new collection takes us deeper still, sustaining with extra­ordinary virtuosity a series of meditative variations on the related themes of language and wordlessness, human existence and the loss of identity’ - Jem Poster, Planet.

‘Philip Gross knows how to make silence and suggestion resonate… he touches an alien, intractable dimension… Gross’s poems are about lost bearings and blurred frontiers’ – Terry Eagleton, Independent on Sunday.

‘Haunting, vividly imagined poems, whose fierce intelligence is gentled by the sonorous grace of the language… A considerable poetic talent offers us an elegant and subtle re-evaluation of the modern world’ – Sarah Crown, The Guardian.

‘Some of the poems are marvellous, not because they are brave about their subject, not even because of the technique on display, but because they are electrifyingly well observed and beautifully written’ – David Morley, Poetry Review.



Philip Gross reads from The Water Table

Philip Gross reads two poems from his T.S. Eliot Prize-winning collection The Water Table, 'Sluice Angel' and 'Atlantis World'. This is an extract from a longer film by Pamela Robertson-Pearce of Philip Gross reading his work to be included in a future DVD-anthology from Bloodaxe. He was filmed at home in Penarth, South Wales, in July 2009.


£8.95  paperback 
1 85224 919 6.  64pp. 2011. 



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Other books by Philip Gross:
Changes of Address
Changes of Address (ebook)
Deep Field (ebook)
Later
Later (ebook)
Love of Carbon
Love of Carbon (ebook)
Mappa Mundi
Mappa Mundi (ebook)
The Egg of Zero
The Egg of Zero (ebook)
The Wasting Game
The Water Table
The Water Table (e-book)