Out on 13 June 2019

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Richard Osmond

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13 June 2019
72 pages

Osmond has written a compelling and challenging collection of poems representing the complex, fragmentary nature of traumatic experience – interleaved with translated excerpts from the Quran, showing them in a new and unsuspected context. Some still see the Quran as a monolithic text, full of law and proscription, but Osmond reminds us of its vivid lyricism, and the often surprisingly riddling nature of its philosophy.

Rock, Paper, Scissors takes a bold look at the problems of interpretation, whether of text or event: in taking every opportunity to keep the complexity of its difficult subject intact, and in his refusal to simplify some of the most urgent questions of the age, Osmond has written a book of compelling importance.