Wayne Holloway-Smith


Published on January 13th 2022
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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.

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

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

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.

  • Paperback
  • 186 x 150 mm mm
  • 44pp pp
  • 2 colour
  • 44 black & white
  • January 2022
  • 978-1838436285
  • Designed by Patrick Fisher for Frontwards Design
  • Munken Lynx, full-colour offset litho, section sewn perfect binding with flapped covers
  • Distributed by Inpress / Ingram Publisher Services
  • Categories: Poetry