Gen is the eagerly awaited second collection by Jonathan Edwards, whose debut, My Family and Other Superheroes, won the Costa Prize for Poetry in 2015. This accessible and critically acclaimed young poet has beaten off second collection syndrome with a book of sharp yet beautifully warm and humane poems. The title refers to people of Edwardsgeneration and his recognition of the preoccupations that he shares of this age-group. There are several terrific love poems and poems of romantic yearning, which reflect this. In addition, Edwards further mines his family for writing which is at once intimate, generous and wry. Harry Houdinion Newport Bridge, 1905 relates an anecdote where his grandfather, aged 15, makes mischief in the watching crowd. And My Father Crashes a Car, 1965 is a similarly warm and slightly surreal retrieval of a memory from his father.
It was wonderful having Jonathan with us at VERVE 2020 where he featured at our Sunday headline event and delivered a workshop. He went down a storm with our festival audience as we knew he would!
Date: 1st Nov 2018
Extent: 64 pp