Nick Laird is the author of two previous collections of poetry, To a Fault and On Purpose, as well as two novels, Utterly Monkey and Glover's Mistake. His honors include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Born in Ireland, he currently lives in New York with his wife, the novelist Zadie Smith, and teaches at Princeton University and Barnard College.
An inventive new collection by the writer whom Colm Tóibín called "an assured and brilliant voice in Irish poetry."
"Easily his most accomplished to date . . . [Laird] gives everything of himself in a poetry as expansive and thought-provoking as his considered response to an infinitely complicated universe needs it to be."
"Displays an almost child-like wonder in the variety and slippage of language, alongside an adult sensibility of its boundless possibilities and dangers.... Here are some of Laird's most successful and mature poems."
—The Times (London)
W. W. Norton