Not Even This

Jack Underwood


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Little, Brown Book Group
5 May 2022
ISBN: 9781472156075
176 pages

From the publisher

'[A] clever, cosmic, moving and funny parenting physics and poetry adventure . . . It's wonderful' Max Porter via Twitter

'Clear, nimble and dexterous' Ocean Vuong

'It's a magical book. An incantation to be fully present, fully concerned, fully alive' Luke Kennard

With the birth of his first child, poet Jack Underwood is confronted anew by the panic of living in a time of unparalleled global uncertainty. Even as he holds his baby daughter, the question of how to survive it all seems more fragile and fraught than ever.

Addressing both his daughter and his readers, in Not Even This Underwood takes a nimble journey through various encounters with uncertainty, touching on questions of time, poetry, climate change, physics, economics and the serious business of Being Silly. Gradually, he and his daughter show each other what it takes to get by - how attentiveness and language are tools with which we can discover a realm of shared intimacy, hope and trust.

Part memoir, part poem, part love letter to a daughter and to all new parents, Not Even This is a delightful and delicate book about how to live now - thrilling, terrifying, fundamental.