So Much for Life: Selected Poems


SKU: 9781643621784 Category:
Author: Hyatt, Mark
Editor: Ladkin, Sam Roberts, Luke
Publication Date: 06/06/2023
Publisher: Nightboat Books
Binding: Paperback
Media: Book
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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.