This week’s Friday Poem is ‘Spring’ by Paul Deaton. Paul’s debut collection A Watchful Astronomy (Seren, 2017) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
A Watchful Astronomy is a thoughtful poetry collection by a well-regarded author who has published his work in national magazines like The Spectator, London Magazine and the PN Review. It has a distinctive flavour. The author is a realist and a formalist, preferring simple, accurate language and use of formal meter. This makes for unusually clear and accessible work. A powerful underlying current of emotion also drives these poems and is contained and restrained by the more austere formal qualities.
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Watch Paul reading his poem ‘That Bang’ from A Watchful Astronomy.