Hawthorn City

Tony Williams


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Salt Publishing
15 November 2019
ISBN: 9781784632120
80 pages

From the publisher

Gardens, grotesqueries, historical landscapes, destruction and darkness, all collide in Tony Williams' explosive new collectionTony Williams is roaming the earth. The poems in Hawthorn City record the tales we tell ourselves to make a home in the lives we find ourselves living. They are songs to family, to stone and outlawry and refusal, and to the fevered memory which reaches back beyond birth, past early modern witches and shepherds' songs, past medieval chronicles and Icelandic sagas, to the ancient city-states, homely and hellish, which part of the modern imagination still inhabits. Travelling darker and deeper towards the state which is both origin and grave, this grotesque comedy of a book intensifies into a bizarre, baroque vision of the world and our place in it.