“This is seriously good, intelligent poetry for those who like method in their madness.” Clare Pollard

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The Method Men is the much anticipated first collection by Eric Gregory Award winner, David Briggs.

Briggs’s work doffs its cap to a wide range of influences, from the Graveyard School to Miroslav Holub, from John Ash to Ted Hughes, from Marianne Moore to Charles Boyle; yet, retains its own distinctive sensibility – a concern with the idiosyncratic strategies we employ in attempting to navigate an ineffable and dangerous, yet quotidian, world. Pylons, the blank pages at the end of a book, an album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, bathrooms, public parks, clowns and teacups are all lit at the edges with a gunsmoke-blue glow by a transform imagination.

The Method Men explores, in a sometimes disarmingly personal way, what Larkin referred to as ‘a style our lives bring with them’ – what we are, and how that came to be.

“What this new book shows is that his sense of poetic vocation has sharpened to the point at which a real kind of poetry makes its way through him, being shaped and shorn with enormous skill, but possessing its own life and duende. This is a powerful, very telling and often moving collection of poems.” DAVID MORLEY

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