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Say Something Back

3.51 based on 71 ratings & 13 reviews on Goodreads.com

2017 Short-listed

T. S. Eliot Prize

2017 Short-listed

Griffin International Poetry Prize

2017 Winner

Roehampton Poetry Prize

2017 Short-listed

Costa Poetry Award

2016 Short-listed

Forward Prize for Poetry Best Collection

Synopsis

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.

In the media

Denise Riley’s Say Something Back shows how grief keeps a different clock and is a churning yet exhilarating (because the poems are so good) exploration of loss. Her poetry gets to the heart
Guardian
I have been a fan of Denise Riley’s for decades, and Say Something Back shows her working at her peak in a collection that is as rewarding as it is challenging
Herald