Today's poems are "Trapeze Artists" and "Stilt-walker"
from Art of the Impossible

Bloodaxe Books / Dufour Editions

Paul Hyland is an award-winning poet and travel writer who lives in Dorchester. His many publications include English topographical classics, travel books about Central Africa, India and Iberia, and most recently the acclaimed historical work Ralegh's Last Journey. He also wrote Bloodaxe's indispensable Getting into Poetry, described by Suzy Feay in Time Out as 'essential reading - the guide to the contemporary poetry scene', He performs the Art of the Impossible as a professional magician.

About Art of the Impossible:

"Compelling, sometimes haunting poems"
Pick of the Week, BBC Radio 4

"Hyland's most compelling poems bear witness not only to the past's "renaissance" but also to language's capacity for renewal"
—Michael O'Neill, Poetry Review

"An archetypal poet, for whom language constitutes a world"
—Lachlan Mackinnon, TLS

"Impressive, memorable and powerful"
—Martin Mooney, The North

"Brilliantly conceived and expressed, though the brilliance is mysterious"
—Anne Born, Tears in the Fence

"Scrupulous in angle, sympathy and tone - his poems are unstrained, carefully judged and razory"
—Alan Riach, Lines Review

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