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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 ofSay 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....

Title : Say Something Back
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ISBN : 9781447270379
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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Say Something Back Reviews

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2019-01-07 09:23

    2/10 Hatred of/ Contemporary Poetry module

  • Rebecca Foster
    2018-12-22 15:15

    (Nearly 4.5) Many of the poems in this Costa- and T.S. Eliot-shortlisted collection reflect on the sudden death of Riley’s adult son, Jacob. The magnificent “A Part Song” reminded me of a more variegated In Memoriam: a long, multi-part elegy that experiments with different registers and styles. “She do the bereaved in different voices,” everything from “Oh my dead son you daft bugger / This is one glum mum” to “Outgoing soul, I try to catch / You calling over the distances / Though your voice is echoey.”Two other long poems are highlights: “The patient who had no insides” incorporates historical medical theory in an account of abdominal surgery (“This oddness of // Owning spare parts. Our bodies littered with redundancies, / Walking reliquaries rattling our appendices, blunt tails, / Primordial.”), while the focus on the immediate aftermath of World War I in the final poem, “‘A gramophone on the subject’”, cements the theme of loss.Some of the vocabulary and phrasing here is so unusual that I ended up reading certain lines (in “Maybe; maybe not” and “Silent did depart,” for instance) five or six times before I felt I had some grasp of what they meant. I think the collection could be cut to more like 50 pages than 70 to remove some poems that are less germane to the central topic, which is why it misses out on a 5-star rating from me. But this is very fine work, and I will certainly seek out Riley’s previous books.

  • Bee (Heart Full of Books)
    2018-12-25 09:26

    1/? for 'The Hatred of Poetry' module.

  • Sleepy Ash
    2019-01-17 09:58

    I think I'm being harsh giving this collection two stars, but I think after I've read it a couple more times my view on it will probably go up. There's no denying that the collection is strong and shows a lot of creativity, I personally just found some of the language to be a bit difficult. You can feel the pain in most of these poems and i think its presented brilliantly. Some poems stuck out to me more than others but thats always expected in a collection.

  • Julie
    2019-01-16 12:03

    This was a gift from a loved one. Denise's poetry is profound and worthy of deep contemplation. Upon each re-reading I expect to discover new revelations.

  • Taylor
    2019-01-22 13:24

    Probably not good to review a text after spending hours trying to decode each line.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-30 15:00

    Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. I'm just so staggeringly ignorant when it comes to poetry, but I've decided to embrace that and to do three things: 1) read a lot more of it; 2) listen to smart people analyze it; and 3) respect my instincts. There were poems in Say Something Back that were completely inscrutable for me. There were poems where I focused just on the sound and blend of the words, without caring that I didn't understand their meaning. And then there were poems that were heartbreakingly clear and fresh and raw. Riley's meditations on absence and grief, inspired by her son's death, at times took my breath away. Whether or not you're a regular poetry reader, there's something in here for you.

  • James
    2019-01-14 15:56

    T.S. Eliot said something about liking a poem before you can understand it, because of the way it's written, or how it feels. That's probably how to describe my experience of reading this book. It often feels daunting and intellectual, and perhaps sometimes this becomes excessive. But it's a powerful and emotional book; definitely strongest in its poems about grief. Riley takes some getting used to, and is almost certainly an acquired taste - this is definitely more complex than the majority of poetry I read. But, merely for the impression it leaves, and for the experience of reading it, it deserves four stars.

  • Patti K
    2019-01-04 16:02

    A 2016 collection of some previous work and many new ones bythis British author who has been long distinguished.A Parting Song is a long poem about grief and loss that isrepublished here. It is deeply moving. Some poems talk toher beloved dead, some address nature from crisp, coolangles. Precise and modulated to reach just the right emotionor image. Recommend.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-27 11:11

    Hard to review this book of often deeply personal poems and always poems that matter. Some touched me and some did not, all were recognisably 'good'. I read it on a crowded train, which was a difficult location for some of the subjects. It had me gasping aloud and clapping my hand to my mouth at times which is, I suppose, a good sign.I'd heard Denise Riley talk about the collection, which speaks to world wars and to the death of her grown up son but was still taken aback by the absolute truth of her poetic descriptions of her grieving thoughts... that repeated sense of 'what? are you still dead?'

  • Anna
    2019-01-05 08:13

    First time ever reading Riley, and wow. A deep, thick, sad book, revolving around her grief after her son's death. First two-thirds are powerful, if intensely focused on just one theme; the last third lost me a bit, with the rhyming poetry. Riley especially excels where she backs oddness, nuance, and power into one or two mundane words paired together to make a startling combination. Truly artistic.

  • David Ashley Pearson
    2019-01-15 12:03

    I don't read too much poetry but after buying this for my partner I thought I'd give it a try. What struck me about Riley's writing was the sheer ambiguity but also sharp pain and despair that was almost always present. A difficult and often blunt writing style that is very remarkable but also somehow both defensive and offensive. Observational but also somehow transformative and personal.I liked the layout of the book too although not a fan of the generic looking cover.

  • Benjamin Churchill
    2018-12-29 12:11

    these were VRY gd

  • Matt
    2019-01-06 14:56

    The most powerful poems in this collection were the ones that were about the death of Reilly’s son. Thankfully, “A Part Song” was the longest because it was the strongest and most affecting for its use of visual language in the collection. I felt that in the other poems, Reilly fell into using abstraction as opposed to something I could actually visualize.

  • James
    2018-12-30 16:01

    Powerful exploration of grief and illness.