Author: Raymond Antrobus
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In this follow up collection to the Folio award-winning The Perseverance, Antrobus continues to explore the themes that threaded his first collection - sound and language, place and loss - but does so in a register that feels less raw and somehow more reconciled. He wrestles with the limits of love over distance and time (both his parents’ and his own) and gives the relationship of his partial deafness to his work a greater sense of embeddedness, dotting the collection with ‘caption poems’. Having dispensed with some of his anger, he has lost none of his compassion. All The Names Given is a mature and lyrically complex second collection from one of British poetry’s greatest talents.