An escaped lion roams the streets of Essex; a lonely pensioner holds a tower block fête; and the silent majority takes to the streets.
Travel the unfashionable A-roads and commuter lines of England — ‘where industry meets marsh’ — with poet Luke Wright. Discover a country riven by inequality and corruption but sustained by a surreal, gallows humour.
The Toll combines the elegaic with the anarchic, placing uproarious satire cheek-by-jowl with wild experiments in form and touching poems of parenthood. In lines perfected on roads, stages and radio shows across the country, Luke Wright captures the strain of austerity Britain, speaking truth to power and registering the toll it takes on us all.
|Publisher:||Penned in the Margins|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)|
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Table of Contents
O England Heal My Hackneyed Heart The Slow Days A12 Dad Reins Essex Lion Hoax Spad The Ballad of Edward Dando, the Celebrated Gormandiser Thunder, Lightning, etc. VAD Hospital, Saffron Walden, 1915 Watch The Pretender The Much Harpingon One-way System One Trick Bishop The Bastard of Bungay IDS The Toll Kelvedon - Liverpool Street The Back Step Family Funeral Sue's Fourteener Ron's Knock-off Shop On Revisiting John Betjeman's Grave The Minimum Security Prison of the Mind David, at 68 Lullaby Hungover in Town, Sunday Morning Burt Up Pub The Ballard of Carlos Cutting Swimming with Aidan, aged 4 Essex Lion (... continued)