Philip Gross's The Thirteenth Angel is Poetry Book of the Month in The Observer
‘Mastery is what you would wish for in a 27th collection and it is what you find in Philip Gross’s The Thirteenth Angel, shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize.’ – Kate Kellaway, The Observer (Poetry book of the month)
Philip Gross's 27th book of poetry The Thirteenth Angel, published by Bloodaxe Books on 17 November 2022, has been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize 2022. He is a previous winner of this award, having won the T S Eliot Prize 2009 for his collection The Water Table.
The Thirteenth Angel is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Winter 2022. This new collection deepens Philip Gross’s conversation between the metaphysical and the acutely physical, between the long view and the here and now. The ‘quiet angels of the Internet’ of the opening sequence set in contemporary London foreshadow the enigmatic ‘Thirteen Angels’ of the book’s final sequence.
Philip will be taking part in the T S Eliot Prize Readings at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 15 January 2023. Tickets available via Southbank Centre here. Livestream tickets also available
FEATURE REVIEW IN THE OBSERVER
The Observer, Poetry book of the month, Sunday 20 November 2022
An excellent in-depth review of Philip Gross’s T S Eliot Prize-shortlisted collection The Thirteenth Angel ran in The Observer of 20 November as Kate Kellaway’s poetry book of the month. Her review was accompanied by the poem ‘Psalm: You’ from the collection.
‘Mastery is what you would wish for in a 27th collection and it is what you find in Philip Gross’s The Thirteenth Angel, shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize...His easy, fluent ways with form contrast with his conflicted subject matter. He has a questing eye and now, more than ever, writes to make sense of the world in its inexplicable multiplicity.’ – Kate Kellaway, The Observer (poetry book of the month)
Kate Kellaway’s review can be read online via The Guardian's website here.
‘Philip Gross’s The Thirteenth Angel is a book with its finger firmly on the pulse of the sounds of the contemporary world... Gross uses language which is precise and sharp one moment and then veers into a familiar colloquial style the next, which makes him intensely readable.’ – Mona Arshi, PBS Selector, Poetry Book Society Bulletin, Winter 2022
‘Gross presents us hurtling forwards, across the circuit board of the modern city, but making the same old mistakes. What we need is perspective, an opportunity to gain some objectivity, and The Thirteenth Angel offers us this divine intervention [of angels] and the opportunity to step outside of ourselves and to view the world from a fresh angle.' - John Field, T S Eliot Prize reviewer
The full review can be seen on the T S Eliot Prize website here.
The T S Eliot Prize newsletter devoted to Philip Gross, including videos, reviews and Readers' Notes, can be seen here.
LIVE-STREAMED LAUNCH READING WITH PHILIP GROSS
Tuesday 22 November 2022, 7pm GMT, joint Bloodaxe launch
Philip Gross will launch The Thirteenth Angel with a joint live-streamed reading and discussion event on 22 November at 7pm hosted by Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley. They will be in conversation with Slovenian poet Aleš Šteger, whose UK retrospective Burning Tongues: New & Selected Poems (translated by Brian Henry) is also published by Bloodaxe in November.
This free Bloodaxe launch event will be streamed on YouTube Live at 7pm GMT on Tuesday 22 November. Watch live or later via YouTube (just click play on the video below).
T S ELIOT PRIZE VIDEOS
Philip Gross recorded four videos for the T S Eliot Prize in which he speaks about his work and reads poems from his shortlisted collection. All four of his videos are on the T S Eliot Prize YouTube channel here.
Philip reads 'Of Breath (Thirteen Angels)' from The Thirteenth Angel.
Philip Gross talks about his work and his shortlisted collection The Thirteenth Angel.
[21 November 2022]