A World Where News Travelled Slowly

A World Where News Travels Slowly

Faber & Faber 1997

The central theme of Greenlaw’s second collection is the unpredictable act of communication, from the mechanical to the miraculous. Other poems are concerned with attempts at preservation – plundered relics, the stately home, an iron lung.

The title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 1998

“Greenlaw’s control is formidable; in this volume there is scarcely a line or stress out of place.’”
Elizabeth Lowry, TLS

“Anxiety, love, desire and guilt pulse through her language … I hope ours is a world in which news of this book travels fast.”
Maggie O’Farrell, Independent on Sunday

“This is a beautiful, intelligent, often sexy book that never shows off; it appreciates with each
re-reading.”
Robert Potts, The Guardian

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