Michael Symmons Roberts Soft Keys

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Richly inventive, and written in a wide diversity of poetic forms, Soft Keys looks for those places and moments where the curtain between earth and heaven is thinnest, engaging a search for meaning and order in the everyday and in the extraordinary.

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Michael Symmons Roberts has published five collections of poetry, including Corpus, which won the 2004 Whitbread Poetry Award and was short-listed for the Forward, T.S. Eliot, and Griffin International Prizes, and The Half Healed. He has also published two novels, Breath and Patrick's Alphabet. He is a frequent collaborator with the composer James MacMillan and is also an award-winning radio writer and documentary film-maker.

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"The poems are highly accomplished, constituting an intelligent, courageous attempt to write a contemporary religious poetry, one where God and videogames co-exist. This is very hard to do, but the voice of Soft Keys is genuinely contemporary; the best poems are lit with finely-nuanced details which the imagination can relish. A poem such as "The Telex" is sure, strange, beautifully judged" -- Robert Crawford "I love Michael Symmons Roberts' poetry. He is a religious poet in a secular age. His work is about connection between the things of the spirit and the things of the world. And his work is about transcendence" -- Jeanette Winterson "An outstanding writer" * Sunday Times * "Michael Symmons Roberts' poems are intense and sensual explorations of the moment when the soul quickens to some ice-cracking life. The Christian faith gives Roberts' work an iconography, a deep well of symbolism, that links him with poets like David Jones or Geoffrey Hill. Like them, his work exists to errode whatever conceals that glinting mica of truth... through language at once precise and excitingly resonant" -- Adam Thorpe

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