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Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts has published six collections of poetry and received a number of accolades including the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Award and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. As a librettist, his work has been performed in concert halls and opera houses around the world. An award-winning broadcaster and dramatist, he has published two novels, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Your Eyes Tonight by Michael Symmons Roberts

What does the moon say, for the role / it plays in this? Stars / / sing through the back-cloth, / but the moon remains an orb of silence. / / Such is its vacuum it has sucked in / all the unsaid, all the reticence, / / lost words of peace, swallowed apologies. / It sets them into lead a...

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Terra Nullius by Michael Symmons Roberts

There is a victory parade moving through the city, / in dress-down garb to look like us, / in its cavalcade of mid-price family sedans, / because the limos, black-lacquered like miso bowls, / are stabled away, the tunics on racks in warehouses / because it is too soon for the trappings of the f...

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