'We Needed Coffee But . . .'

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Carcanet Press, 2009 - Poetry - 100 pages
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A strikingly modern textual experiment, this collection of poems takes an audaciously playful approach to poetic structure and borrows inspiration from the most varied of sources: art exhibitions, song lyrics, a London Underground map, and the architecture of an airport. Written with precise attention to detail and containing exceptionally musical rhythms, the pieces are influenced from a range of unlikely sources—from Frank O’Hara and Gertrude Stein to the artwork of Yoko Ono—and blending seamlessly to produce a refreshingly different collection of verse.

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About the author (2009)

Matthew Welton is an editor of Stand Magazine and teaches creative writing at Bolton Institute. His poetry collection, The Book of Matthew, won the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Prize, and his poems have also appeared in Faber's First Pressings and New Poetries 2.

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