Say Something Back by Denise Riley

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Read Say Something Back Online Free - Say Something Back will allow readers to see just why the name of Denise Riley has been held in such high regard by her fellow poets for so long. The book reproduces A Part Song, a profoundly moving document of grieving and loss, and one of the most widely admired long poems of recent years. Elsewhere these poems become a space for contemplation of the natural world and of physical law, and for the deep consideration of what it is to invoke those who are absent. But finally, they extend our sense of what the act of human speech can mean - and especially what is drawn forth from us when we address our dead. Lyric, intimate, acidly witty, unflinchingly brave, Say Something Back is a deeply moving book by one of our finest poets, and one destined to introduce Riley's name to a wide new readership.

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Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2017

(Nearly 4.5) Many of the poems in this Costa- and T.S. Eliot-shortlisted collection reflect on the sudden death of Riley’s adult son, Jacob. The magnificent “A Part Song” reminded me of a more variegated In Memoriam: a long, multi-part elegy that experiments with different registers and styles. “...

Sleepy Ash rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 16, 2017

I think I'm being harsh giving this collection two stars, but I think after I've read it a couple more times my view on it will probably go up. There's no denying that the collection is strong and shows a lot of creativity, I personally just found some of the language to be a bit difficult. You c...

Julie rated it ★★★★★

October 26, 2017

This was a gift from a loved one. Denise's poetry is profound and worthy of deep contemplation. Upon each re-reading I expect to discover new revelations.

Taylor rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 20, 2017

Probably not good to review a text after spending hours trying to decode each line.

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

December 11, 2016

Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. I'm just so staggeringly ignorant when it comes to poetry, but I've decided to embrace that and to do three things: 1) read a lot more of it; 2) listen to smart people analyze it; and 3) respect my instincts. There were poems in Say Something Back that were...

James rated it ★★★★☆

February 22, 2017

T.S. Eliot said something about liking a poem before you can understand it, because of the way it's written, or how it feels. That's probably how to describe my experience of reading this book. It often feels daunting and intellectual, and perhaps sometimes this becomes excessive. But it's a powe...

Patti rated it ★★★★☆

February 20, 2017

A 2016 collection of some previous work and many new ones by this British author who has been long distinguished. A Parting Song is a long poem about grief and loss that is republished here. It is deeply moving. Some poems talk to her beloved dead, some address nature from crisp, cool angles. Precise...

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

August 26, 2017

Hard to review this book of often deeply personal poems and always poems that matter. Some touched me and some did not, all were recognisably 'good'. I read it on a crowded train, which was a difficult location for some of the subjects. It had me gasping aloud and clapping my hand to my mouth at...

Anna rated it ★★★★☆

December 19, 2017

First time ever reading Riley, and wow. A deep, thick, sad book, revolving around her grief after her son's death. First two-thirds are powerful, if intensely focused on just one theme; the last third lost me a bit, with the rhyming poetry. Riley especially excels where she backs oddness, nuance,...

David rated it ★★★★☆

November 20, 2017

I don't read too much poetry but after buying this for my partner I thought I'd give it a try. What struck me about Riley's writing was the sheer ambiguity but also sharp pain and despair that was almost always present. A difficult and often blunt writing style that is very remarkable but also so...

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