Away From Me

Caleb Klaces


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Prototype Publishing Ltd.
23 June 2021
ISBN: 9781913513153

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Featured in The White Review‘s 2021 Books of the Year

Away From Me is the highly-anticipated second collection from poet and novelist Caleb Klaces, following his acclaimed debut novel Fatherhood.

‘The world,’ wrote Georges Perec, ‘is big.’ The poems here rediscover the familiar intimacies of love, disgust, vulnerability, nurture and nostalgia in the vast spaces, technologies and voices that extend vertiginously beyond the individual self. This is a work with its own glitchy music and sharp beauty: ‘a joyful bigger’.

‘As its title implies, Away From Me repeatedly departs from an individual voice—but only to return to it again and again. While some poems are completely overtaken by outside voices (the language of video games, consumer technology, popular culture), others tenderly engage with everyday speech. The poems are various, but not for the sake of novelty: the shifts in form propel the continuous oscillation between self and non-self. This is a terrific, lively book—abundant with ideas, jokes, and disharmonies.’ – Steven Zultanski