The Sound Ladder


“The excitement of reading David Attwooll’s poems lies in the poet’s intense relationship to language and the verbal and textual musicianship with which he treats his subject matter. From the Goths, Transylvanians and teenage samurai, escaped from the pages of books, to email spam or jazz, to memories about childhood and place, these poems capture Attwooll’s delight in the world around him.” ~ Jenny Lewis

“It’s hard to believe the ‘The Sound Ladder’ is David Attwooll’s first full-length collection, that’s how sure-footed it feels, ranging across various sonic and physical strata and aiming to describe the poet’s habitat as much as his inability to grasp it fully. The otherness he observes everywhere while turning the metaphorical turf over, leads him to take a good look at himself.” ~ Piotr Florczyk, Poetry Salzburg Review

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The Sound Ladder features war stories and resurrections, Cornwall and Mexico, demonstrations and school dances, refugees and book fairs, the natural world and the surrealism of the Internet, elegy, anger, and humour. And music: these poems listen to what the rhythm section is doing beneath the surface of specific places and events, the beat a few strata down.

David Attwooll was a winner of the 2013 Poetry Business competition with Surfacing. Ground Work (2014) is a poet’s calendar exploring, with the artist Andrew Walton, the topography, history and changing weather and light in a floodplain bordering Oxford and the Thames. The Sound Ladder contains poems from these pamphlets as well as more recent work.

David Attwooll and illustrated by Andrew Walton. Paperback, 210 x 135 mm, 72 pages, April 2015.


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