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In his nineties Philip Gross's father, a wartime refugee, began to lose his several languages, first to deafness, then profound aphasia. Deeply thought as well as deeply felt, these poems reach into that gulf to find him - through recovery of histories both spoken and unspoken as well as an excavation of the spoken word itself.
Readers who admired Philip Gross's subtlety and range in his T.S. Eliot Prize-winning collection The Water Table will find those qualities brought to a new human urgency in the compelling sequences of Deep Field.
'A book of great clarity and concentration, continually themed but always lively and alert in its use of language. Gross takes us from Great Flood to subtly invoked concerns for our watery planet; this is a mature and determined book, dream-like in places, but dealing ultimately with real questions of human existence.' Simon Armitage, T.S. Eliot Prize judges' comment.
'Great poetry is like walking on water. In this paradoxical, humane collection, Philip Gross achieves that miracle.' Polly Clark, Guardian.
'Haunting, vividly imagined poems, whose fierce intelligence is gentled by the sonorous grace of the language - A considerable poetic talent offers us an elegant and subtle re-evaluation of the modern world.' Sarah Crown, The Guardian.
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