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by Brian Henry

Short-listed for the 2000 Forward Prize for Best First Collection

Astronaut abounds with an unflagging energy, an exuberance of language and a humour that is by turns savage and deadpan, all of which leave the reader encountering Brian Henry's poems for the first time gasping for air. But so compelling is his cleverness with words and exploitation of the poetic form that the reader will be only too happy to take the plunge again. Already a rising star in his native US, Brian Henry will undoubtedly make his mark in the UK with this, his first published full-length collection.

These poems are fun, skilled, intelligent and often beautiful. If you're interested in the new generation of American poets, this is a good place to start.

James Tate

Brian Henry's poetry has an immense power of seduction, it invades you, changes you, breaks you and makes you happy. It's here to stay and to live with you.

Tomaz Salamun

68 pages

ISBN 1-900072-33-5
Published January 2000

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