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Melt and Solve

Lumsden, Roddy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Published: October 15, 2015
ISBN: 9781784630423
128 pages

£9.99

In 2013 the poet Roddy Lumsden suffered a serious concussion. The head injury left him devoid of creativity, impersonating himself in an effort to rediscover his own identity. Four months later, a late night conversation led to a radical experiment that would see him return to writing with a daring project.

This book is that extraordinary work. As the poet says, “The series of plaintive poems entertains the idea of sentimentality. It encourages fetishes, by which I mean repeated references and name dropping.

It is ‘hand on heart’ stuff. Sweeping, indulgent last lines, often. Emotional, evoking the mood I found myself in as I recovered, solved.”

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