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Julian Stannard

New and Selected Poems

New and Selected Poems


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New And Selected Poems brings together a quarter of a century of exceptional writing.

Julian Stannard started his career as a writer in the Italian port city of Genoa. He has written at length about Liguria and Italy in general. His work has been translated into Italian and he finds his place in a rich Anglo-Ligurian tradition. This gathering of poems from many collections infuses his love of Italy with a clear-eyed view of modern Britain.

These are poems which can wrong foot and startle and bewilder. If his roots are English and Irish, his instincts are mainland European. His satirical appetite draws from Swift and Gogol and Lear. Stannard ultimately creates an unmistakable voice – the commonplace is again and again made strange and yet stranger still.

Praise for this Book

‘“You’re awake now./You’re at the end of the line” – there’s something end-of-days about Julian Stannard’s poems, but it’s a gleeful, sharp-toothed, epicurean form of oblivion towards which they rush, “extinguished – it would seem – by rapture”. These are poems of love, “naked, blissful, snookered” and death “the beginning of history/or the end of history”. Stannard’s writing often occupies the red zone; of old wars, too many cigarettes and unlikely encounters with figures real and imagined from history, music and the screen. “The love microbe slips off its bathrobe” here – these are open, insouciant poems which relish and entertain, serving up a cocktail of literate enthusiasm and “Ligurian tumescence”. Fleet-footed, both sophisticated and bawdy, this New and Selected is a “knocking shop of our glorious epoch” and a reckoning-up of a singular, joyous and entirely original body of work.’ —Declan Ryan

‘If Baudelaire wanted to put his finger on the pulse of contemporary poetry, he would find it in these poems. Brilliance on acid.’ —Astrid Alben

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