The Prince of Wails

Stephen Knight


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CB Editions
6 July 2012
ISBN: 9780956735966
66 pages

From the publisher

Long shadows for much of the day
     then the lighthouse throwings its light away.

     Big Sky. The Long Wave Band.

Rain, a northerly wind, the sun low, ‘everyone packing up everyone going home’ – a place which, for all the formal ingenuity and playfulness of Stephen Knight’s approaches and despite the cool authority of his ‘level, heartbreaking voice’ (Joseph Brodsky), remains endlessly receding, haunted, unforgiving, its familiarity itself a form of strangeness.

Through the ebb and flow of the poems, two rites of passage – the death of a father; late fatherhood – are the constant watermark.

‘His poems have that kind of humour that is simply an alternative to a cry of pain. They are edgy, full of doubts, nostalgic but unsentimental. They leave you wondering how and why you have changed.’
     – Bernice Rubens