Lobsters Wayne Holloway-Smith


Online exclusive! The first 100 preorders will include the deluxe litho printed paperback book with flapped covers, an oversized badge and an exclusive print—all packaged in hand-stamped Lobsters book wrap. Lobsters is published on January 13th 2022

Lobsters seems both to capture, and be caught up in, the peculiarly powerful and reckless energy of deep hunger. This poem is freewheeling and intoxicating.

Katharine Kilalea

About the book

In Lobsters, Wayne Holloway-Smith turns his innovative poetics towards an exhilarating new work that is part songbook, part elastic melodrama. Here his unique voice undoes and remakes a self, moving into and out of tender proximity to other humans and objects of desire. Somewhere, in between the expansive and claustrophobic, the reader is offered a new space, crammed full with the music of what life gives and withholds.

Colour photograph of the poet, Wayne Holloway-Smith. The photo os a close-up of the head and shoulders
Wayne Holloway-Smith by Robin Christian

About the author

Wayne Holloway-Smith has published two collections of poetry, Alarum (Bloodaxe 2017), a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice, and Love Minus Love (Bloodaxe 2020), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. He won the National Poetry Competition in 2018.


Lobsters is a soft-cracked, gut-level improvisation, overflowing with feeling but marked by refusal: anger or grief will not be made easily consumable. Instead, if you want to access the full harmonic depth of this poem, you will have to take part in the performance yourself, to become vulnerable to it, to risk being eaten.

Will Harris


York Centre for Writing Poetry Series: Q&A with Wayne Holloway-Smith, November 2 2021: Tickets

Out-Spoken: November. Wayne Holloway-Smith, Alice Hiller, Kyra, Simeon Hammond, Queen Elizabeth Hall, November 25 2021: Tickets


Trim Size
186 x 150 mm
44 pp
Illustrations Colour
2 colour
Illustrations B&W
44 black & white
Publication Date
13 January 2022
Production Spec
Munken Lynx, full-colour offset litho, section sewn perfect binding with flapped covers
Inpress Books / Ingram Publisher Services
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