Shaun Hill’s debut poetry collection, warm blooded things is a radical and intimate encounter with boyhood, sexuality, and violence, love, desire and solitude. Wandering the nocturnal city streets, through random encounters, co-opting space and capturing conversations in a multitude of voices, this collection evokes alienation whilst longing for tenderness.
Hill’s agile poems are alive to fear, loss, danger – and to the possibility of other ways of being, other, better stories that we can write. The poems also explore a uniquely queer archive of time and place, the legacy of AIDS, and draw strength from giving voice to unheard histories. Seeking sanctuary and alternatives to a capitalist reality, these precise, humane poems gesture towards hope, survival and the necessity to be responsible for one another.
Shaun was commissioned to write a poem for our Diversity Competition Event at VERVE 2020 which was hosted by Andrew McMillan. He produced a wonderful poem, and also appears in Verve Poetry Press’s astonishing Eighty Four Anthology on the subject of male suicide. He is a wonderful local poet who will achieve great things!
Date: 2nd December 2021
Extent: 72 pp