‘Poets often look for an oblique way to come at big subjects, but Rupert Loydell here takes on dark areas of depression and desperation quite directly. Out of painful raw experience he forges a sequence of strong and supple poems. They ask fundamental questions about the “reasons to stay alive”, and whether listening for the voice of reason is itself unreasonable. These urgent and honest poems take us to hard places, yet offer an invigorating read, full of insights.’
– Tony Lucas
Reasons, (with cover artwork by Alan Halsey) by Rupert Loydell was published on November 6th 2015 priced £5.00 + p&p. Very limited copies remain. Order by completing the form below.
In Reasons Rupert Loydell rides the ghost train out of nowhere through memory, depression and suicide, trying to understand the reasons behind our unreasonableness, to find a map to stop us getting lost. These are stark, personal poems that urge us let the memories go and to believe the unbelievable.
Rupert Loydell is Senior Lecturer in English with Creative Writing at Falmouth University, the editor of Stride and With magazines, and a contributing editor to International Times. He is the author of many collections of poetry, including The Return of the Man Who Has Everything, Wildlife and Ballads of the Alone, all published by Shearsman Books. An artist’s book-in-a-box, The Tower of Babel, was published by Like This Press; and Encouraging Signs, a book of essays, articles and interviews by Shearsman. He edited Smartarse and Yesterday’s Music Today for Knives Forks & Spoons Press, From Hepworth’s Garden Out: poems about painters and St. Ives for Shearsman, and Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh, an anthology of manifestos and unmanifestos, for Salt. He lives in Cornwall with his family and far too many CDs and books.