Out on 03 October 2019

Time Lived, Without Its Flow

Denise Riley

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03 October 2019
9781529017106
96 pages
Synopsis

'I work to earth my heart.'

Time Lived, Without Its Flow is an astonishing, unflinching essay on the nature of grief from critically acclaimed poet Denise Riley. From the horrific experience of maternal grief Riley wrote her lauded collection Say Something Back, a modern classic of British poetry. This essay is a companion piece to that work, looking at the way time stops when we lose someone suddenly from our lives. A book of two discrete halves, the first half is formed of diary-like entries written by Riley after the news of her son’s death, the entries building to paint a live portrait of loss. The second half is a ruminative post script written some years later with Riley looking back at the experience philosophically and attempting to map through it a literature of consolation. Written in precise and exacting prose, with remarkable insight and grace this book will form kind counsel to all those living on in the wake of grief. A modern-day counterpart to C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed.

Published widely for the first time, this revised edition features a brand new introduction by Max Porter, author of Grief is A Thing With Feathers.

'Her writing is perfectly weighted, justifies its existence' - Guardian

Her writing is perfectly weighted, justifies its existence . . . Her voice is strong and beautiful - an imperative in itself . . . remarkable

Guardian

The only thing I have read that gets close to the experience of loss and the way in which it suspends our entire, usual understanding of time. A wonderful piece of work

Simon Critchley, author of Faith of the Faithless

She’s a poet whose work, in my experience, never fails to convince new readers with its intelligence, wit and emotion

The Times