Speechless at Inch


This substantial collection by James Caruth brings together remarkable new work along with several key poems from previous pamphlets. Speechless at Inch is a varied but coherent collection by a distinctive writer at the height of his powers.

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Published September 2021.

What Writers and Critics Think

  • An emigrant’s hymn to people, place and nature, this luminous collection contemplates loss and change with lyrical attention

    Jane Clarke
  • James Caruth writes with warmth and humanity. His poems are accurate reminders of what really matters in our relationships with each other and the natural world

    Jean Sprackland on Marking the Lambs
  • James Caruth's poems tell stories that draw the reader in – Caruth's voice is warm and often moving, and there is a music to his writing which is completely captivating.

    Carol Ann Duffy on The Death of Narrative


Every poem here is an affirmation of why readers continue to read poetry. James Caruth translates the world, natural and visible, into human language, the working tools of poetry, and is alert to every sound and nuance. – D A Prince, Orbis

James Caruth was born in Belfast but has lived in Sheffield for over thirty years. His first collection, A Stone’s Throw, was published by Staple in 2007. Dark Peak, a long sequence, appeared from Longbarrow in 2008, followed by Marking the Lambs with Smith|Doorstop in 2010. In the same year he won the Yorkshire Open competition, judged by Simon Armitage, and in 2012 his pamphlet The Death of Narrative was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as a winner of the International Book & Pamphlet Competition. His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including Cast: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (2014). His latest pamphlet, Narrow Water, was published in 2017 by Poetry Salzburg.

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Dimensions 21.6 × 13.8 × 0.6 cm

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978-1-912196-87-6, 978-1-912196-88-3



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