Oreo by Fran Ross



ON FATHERS < ON DAUGHTYRS is a long poem which rolls up its sleeves, puts on a waterproof apron, and dives head-first into this messy world. From being thrown out of museums for throwing too much paint around to marching through London (repeatedly) on political demonstrations, Tim Atkins casts a warm eye on the many and various pleasures of being the father of two daughters. In a brand new poetics of the transcendent domestic, which combines the styles of The New York School and Britain’s Tom Raworth, slapstick and tragedy coexist on every page.

Philip Larkin wrote that your mum & dad fuck you up. ON FATHERS < ON DAUGHTYRS is a poem with plenty of fucking around but very little fucking up. Poet George Oppen asked the question; “My daughter, my daughter, what can I say of living?” Atkins’ happy poem is a 120-page answer. “Come down here right now/ & get your snot off the ceiling.”

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With an introduction by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James

`A rollicking little masterpiece . . .one of the most delightful, hilarious, intelligent novels I’ve stumbled across in recent years’ Paul Auster


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260 pages




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