In the Flesh by Adam O'Riordan

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews


“Precise and attentive. O’Riordan has the painter’s eye for detail and the pianist’s touch for sounding the right notes.”―Simon Armitage

This startling debut from a young British poet traces the paths from past to present, the lost to the living, seeking familiarity in a world of “false trails and disappearing acts.” Here, relatives, friends, and other absences are coaxed into life and urgently pressed on the reader as they surface, in the flesh. At the heart of the collection lies the sonnet sequence “Home,” a slant look at the lives of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, intersected by more recent, sometimes unsettling, personal portraits. Clear-eyed and sensuous, these are poems linked by a strong sense of place and presence, of history captured in an irrevocable moment.

About Adam O'Riordan

See more books from this Author
Adam O'Riordan was born in Manchester and educated at Oxford and London University. In 2008 he was awarded an Eric Gregory Award and was Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. He lives in London. George Chevailier Lewis
Published December 7, 2015 by W. W. Norton & Company. 66 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction