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Feel Free

by Nick Laird
Feel Free

Feel Free

by Nick Laird


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Shortlisted for the 2018 T. S. Eliot Prize

“Nick Laird’s dazzling poems arrive with a kind of revolutionary candor; a truth-telling that’s political, existential, and above all, emotional.… Feel Free is essential poetry.”—Terrance Hayes

Feel Free, the fourth collection from acclaimed poet Nick Laird, effortlessly marries the acoustic expansiveness of Whitman or Ashbery with the lyricism of Laird’s forebears Heaney, MacNeice, and Yeats. With characteristic variety, invention, and wit, Laird explores the patterns of freedom and constraint—the family, the impress of history, the body itself—and how we might transcend them. Always daring, always renewing, Feel Free is Laird’s most remarkable work to date.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324002741
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 569,324
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Nick Laird’s work has garnered multiple awards including the Eric Gregory Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Feel Free was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Laird is a writer-in-residence at NYU and Chair of Creative Writing (poetry) at Queen's University, Belfast. He lives in New York and Ireland.

Table of Contents


Glitch 5

To the Woman at the United Airlines Check-in Desk at Newark 6

Fathers 8

The Good Son 9

Feel Free 12

Grenfell 16

Parenthesis 18

Silk Cut 20

Manners 21

Autocomplete 23

The Vehicle and the Tenor 24


Parable of the Arrow 29

The Good Son 31

Coppa Italia 34

User 35

On Not Having Children 36

Watermelon Seed 37

La Méditerranée 38

Chronos 40

XY 41

The Cartoons 42

Team Me 44

Incantation 45


Cinna the Poet 49

The Folding 55

New York Elasticity 59

Getting Out the White Vote 61

The Good Son 62

Temple of Last Resort 64

Crunch 65

Horizontal Fall 69

Extra Life 70

To His Soul 75

Notes 77

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