So Much for Life : Selected Poems-9781643621784

So Much for Life : Selected Poems by Hyatt, Mark, Ladkin, Sam, Roberts, Luke

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Author: Hyatt, Mark, Ladkin, Sam, Roberts, Luke

Poetry by individual poets

Published on 20 July 2023 by Nightboat Books in the United States.

Paperback | 208 pages
139 x 216 x 18 | 294g

A long awaited collection of poems by Mark Hyatt, one of the great lost writers of mid-century British poetry.

Scarcely published in his lifetime, Hyatt’s work ­survives thanks to the intervention of poets and friends who saved his manuscripts and kept his poems in circulation. Queer in the decades before Gay Liberation; Romani; incarcerated in prisons and asylums; illiterate into adulthood: it’s tempting to read Hyatt according to the familiar script of the doomed poet, resounding with loneliness and isolation. But his poetry—“hot and tender,” funny and sad—tells another story: of love, liberatory commitment, and desire.