On Purpose

On Purpose

Nick Laird / Apr 04, 2020

On Purpose Laird s debut collection To a Fault signalled the arrival of a significant new talent doing in its range and ambition wrote Deryn Rees Jones in the Independent than any first collection I

  • Title: On Purpose
  • Author: Nick Laird
  • ISBN: 9780571237388
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • Laird s debut collection, To a Fault 2005 , signalled the arrival of a significant new talent, doing , in its range and ambition, wrote Deryn Rees Jones in the Independent, than any first collection I can think of in at least the last ten years On Purpose confirms the promise of that first book and shows the author hitting new and yet athletic strides.BlendiLaird s debut collection, To a Fault 2005 , signalled the arrival of a significant new talent, doing , in its range and ambition, wrote Deryn Rees Jones in the Independent, than any first collection I can think of in at least the last ten years On Purpose confirms the promise of that first book and shows the author hitting new and yet athletic strides.Blending tones of assurance and delicacy, of confidence and vulnerability, On Purpose is a collection of poems that takes care and consideration in examining the often brutal arena of human relations, concluding with a mercurial and affecting sequence about a marriage, which takes, as its point of departure, that most influential of military treatise, The Art of War.

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    About "Nick Laird"

      • Nick Laird

        Nick Laird was born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1975 He read English Literature at Cambridge University, and then worked for several years as a lawyer specializing in international litigation He is the author of two novels, Utterly Monkey and Glover s Mistake, and two collections of poetry, To A Fault and On Purpose A new volume of poetry, Go Giants, is forthcoming from Faber in January 2013 Laird has won many awards for his fiction and poetry, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Rupert and Eithne Strong award, a Somerset Maugham award, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize He has published poetry and essays in many journals including the New Yorker, the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books, and wrote a column on poetry for two years for the Guardian newspaper He has taught at Columbia University, Manchester University and Barnard College.


    613 Comments

    1. This inventive collection won the Somerset Maugham Award, which is awarded to a writer under the age of 35. The poems in this collection are often personal and detail the hardships of relationships.Nick Laird is probably most well-known for being the husband of Zadie Smith. If literary stars were like Hollywood celebrities, this power couple might be like Brangelina. They just need a clever name. Zadick. That kind of has a ring to it. Overall, I found these poems virile and clever. Laird’s kin [...]


    2. There is in Laird's poetry a keen ear for the sudden rhyme or half-rhyme, a discipline in the form, and a vibrating tautness of line that pleases me greatly. It sets the stage for his reflections on human nature and relationships, which in a lesser poet might turn histrionic or bitter, but in Laird are always a synthesis of ironic detachment and fierce honesty. His lipstick screams, his patron saint of elsewhere, his apotheosis-by-home-improvement: these will remain with me for a while. In the m [...]


    3. I found this book while browsing in a bookstore in Pioneer Square. I jotted down the title on a scrap of paper which I found about a month later, wondering what the heck it referred to. Somehow I remembered and put it on hold. I really liked the poems; not too long, not too abstract or depressing. If I had the book beside me I'd quote it.


    4. I liked it. It has been a long time since I have read any poetry books. Some of the poems I understood better than others. My favorites were The Underwood No. Four, Appraisal, and The No in November. Overall a good start to begin again to exercise my poetry mind.



    5. In general, I think Laird hides behind his words. A lot of flash and little substance. Two stars, because there were a handful of poems that really were luminous.



    6. This book is like the author's pug: ugly and mean, compact and a little cute sometimes. The poems are all kind of earth-toned. I liked it.



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