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By Michael Stewart



"Bleak but wonderful ... familiar, and of course funny." Alan Bennett "Dark, funny and twisted, but surprisingly tender." A.L. Kennedy Couples is a blackly comic sequence of poems that explore the nature of co-dependency - of two people who want to be together, but at the same time cannot help but push each other away. The layout of the book is itself a commentary on the phenomenon - the poems are placed in their own 'couples', pairs that face each other across the page. Sometimes they exchange a glance, sometimes they stand side-by-side, staring out into the abyss; only when the book is closed, and they are in darkness, do they truly come together. Originally published on Valentine's Day 2013, the seven-year itch has brought Michael Stewart back to his old flame for a new edition in 2020; reworking the original poems, and adding a dozen more. The result is an unnervingly perceptive volume, to be shared with your 'other half' at your own risk - you may never look at a couple, or each other, the same way again.

ISBN: 9781912436408


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