‘if you’re reading this, Shia, you’ve an advocate and friend in me’
Makina Books invites you to the launch of
Shia LaBeouf by A K Blakemore
with Andrew McMillan
On Tuesday 15th September at 19.00 BST.
Instagram Live – instagram.com/makinabooks
I’m delighted to be publishing A K Blakemore’s stinging–weird–and tender new poetry collection–in which every detail crackles–Shia LaBeouf.
‘some poetry just slips into the accidental realm of the iconic, where language refracts and dazzles’
– Maria Sledmere, SPAM
Order a copy of Shia LaBeouf with free postage, here – for booksellers the ISBN is: 978-1-9160608-6-9
Click the video below to see the book page by page. Shia LaBeouf is another Frontwards Design classic that turns everything on it’s side!
Order a copy of Shia LaBeouf with free postage, here
A K Blakemore is the author of two full-length collections of poetry: Humbert Summer (Eyewear, 2015) and Fondue (Offord Road Books, 2018), which was awarded the 2019 Ledbury Forte Prize for Best Second Collection. She has also translated the work of Sichuanese poet Yu Yoyo (My Tenantless Body, Poetry Translation Centre, 2019). Her poetry and prose writing has been widely published and anthologised, appearing in the The London Review of Books, Poetry, Poetry Review and The White Review, among others. Her debut novel, The Manningtree Witches which will be published in spring 2021 by Granta.
Praise for Shia LaBeouf
‘While the Beat Gen Men said what they wanted to say about society and masculinity in thousands upon thousands of words, AK Blakemore expresses 21st century alienation, for women, in just a few well-chosen ones.’
‘Blakemore excels at sudden and drastic changes of tone and imagery that marry the beautiful to the painful. Evocative and unsettling, it also boasts a wry humour.’
– The Indie Insider
‘Sharp, bleakly funny, mordant and tender poetry from one of British poetry’s most original talents.’
– Rebecca Tamás
‘I think in some moods one of the only poets around now worth reading, that is, who hasn’t forgotten about pleasure.’
– Sam Riviere
‘We all know AK Blakemore is a bolt of lightning. And in this stinging new work, she’s weirder, wilder, even more fun.’
– Wayne Holloway-Smith
Shia LaBeouf is the new poetry collection from the startling voice of A. K. Blakemore. Delivered with succinct precision and bright salient menace in her inimitable style—each poem suspends from the space around it with unapologetic leavings that will reside with you. Here, every detail crackles and comes at you sideways; a bad poem is dedicated to William Faulkner (and also your mother) – we are shown male models dancing to Roxy Music – a crosswise salver – a drinking spider – a sparrow’s wet dream and an altercation at a South London pub. A. K. Blakemore’s latest offering will take readers into a burnished and strange place. Shia LaBeouf cements her reputation as an electrifying voice in British poetry. ‘if you’re reading this, Shia, you’ve an advocate and friend in me’September 8, 2020