The Itchy Sea is an extraordinarily vivid collection of poems which are, above all, entertaining. The poems each have a kind of freshness and cut-through that will hold the reader’s attention in a world that’s full of dazzling distractions. They are a protest against the well-founded idea that poetry has to be dull. Their concerns are sex, death, the soul and a chocolate car. Beneath their shiny surfaces they are an intense but carefree therapy session for all our infantile ids.
‘An emerging talent to watch.’ —Ben Wilkinson
‘Mark Waldron is the most striking and unusual new voice to have emerged in British poetry for some time.’ —John Stammers
‘This is urgent, thought-provoking poetry – one of the most important debuts for a long time.’ —Clare Pollard
‘This is one of the most original and memorable debut collections for many years.’ —Roddy Lumsden