By Drake, Nick
The poems collected in Nick Drake's fourth collection Out of Range explore the strange interconnections and confronting anxieties of the early 21st century - or the Anthropocene. Here are poems about the life stories of incandescent lightbulbs, plastic bottles and mobile phones, ...and the mystery of the life, death and afterlife of Alan Turing, the inventor of the modern computer. The past echoes in poems about the ancient artists who recorded their presence in cave art, Spanish missionaries thrilled by Aztec ball games, and a story of gay love from the Song dynasty. Above all, the poems seek to tune into what is out of range; the dark matter of mystery, wonder and deep time, out there at the edge of our senses, and at the back of our heads, beyond our control.Read more
Nick Drake was born in 1961. He lives and works in London. His first book-length collection, The Man in the White Suit (Bloodaxe Books, 1999), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1999, and was selected for the Next Generation Poets promotion in 2004. From The Word Go was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2007. His recent projects include a stage adaptation of Philippe Petit's To Reach the Cloud; the screenplay for the Australian film Romulus, My Father, starring Eric Bana, which won Best Film at the Australian Film Awards; Success, a play for the National Theatre's Connections project; and a trilogy of historical novels (Nefertiti, shortlisted for CWA Best Historical Crime Novel, Tutankhamun and Egypt: The Book of Chaos). In September 2010 he was invited to join Cape Farewell's trip to the Arctic to explore climate change, and from that journey arose a commission from United Visual Artists to create poems and texts for their ground-breaking installation High Arctic at the National Maritime Museum (2011). Those poems, together with others inspired by the Arctic and its voices, are gathered in his collection The Farewell Glacier (Bloodaxe Books, 2012). His fourth collection, Out of Range, was published by Bloodaxe in 2018. He is also a screenwriter, and worked as a librettist in a collaboration with the composer Tansy Davies and director Deborah Warner on Between Worlds, an opera inspired by the events of 9/11 premiered by English National Opera at the Barbican Theatre in April 2015, winner of the 2016 British Composers Award for Stage Work. A new music theatre collaboration with Tansy Davies followed, Cave, performed at Printworks London in June 2018.
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