The stunning new collection from one of England's finest and most philosophical contemporary poets.
Denise Riley is a critically acclaimed writer of both philosophy and poetry. She is currently Professor of the History of Ideas and of Poetry at UEA. Her visiting positions have included A.D. White Professor at Cornell University in the US, Writer in Residence at the Tate Gallery in London, and Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck College in the University of London. She has taught philosophy, art history, poetics, and creative writing. Denise Riley lives in London.
It sometimes seems that contemporary poetry divides into two sorts
- those poems that did not need to be written and those written out
of necessity. Denise Riley belongs to the second category - her
writing is perfectly weighted, justifies its existence. It is
impossible not to want to "say something back" to each of her poems
in recognition of their outstanding quality. Her voice is strong
and beautiful - an imperative in itself . . . remarkable * Guardian
Denise Riley's new collection Say Something Back is a moving reminder that she's one of the best poets around -- Andrew Motion * Guardian *
The best thing I've read in ages -- Max Porter, author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
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 -- Jackie Kay * 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 -- John Burnside * Herald *
Denise Riley's collection Say Something Back , which includes her heart-piercing elegy to her son Jacob, 'A Part Song': the most powerful contemporary poem I've read in years. -- Robert Macfarlane
She's one of the best poets around -- Simon Armitage
The best thing I've read in ages. -- Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent