Out of Silence – New & Selected Poems
Best known as a writer of crime fiction – notably the 12 volume Charlie Resnick series – and as the mainstay, for two decades, of Slow Dancer Press, John Harvey’s own poetry has perhaps stayed too long below the radar.
This, his first collection in sixteen years, brings together the best of his two earlier books, Ghosts of a Chance and Bluer Than This, along with a number of new poems which show a greater depth and maturity and variety of form, further fusing together the intimate and personal with a passionate understanding of music and painting and the ways in which they can affect and illuminate our lives.
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What Writers and Critics Think
Harvey is a fine poet. What is most striking is the insight into the minds and hearts of others – there is a tenderness here that many British poets do no risk.John Burnside
Many English writers try hard to create a genuinely transatlantic feel to their work. John Harvey is one of the very few who succeed, and the results are marvellous.Ian McMillan
… a poetry that is neither wistful nor sentimental, rather tender and epiphanic, singles him out as a uniquely readable poet of great integrity.Andy Brown