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The Everyday Unspeakable

As part of our summer publishing schedule, Maytree 38 will be available from the 15 July 2022.

The Everyday Unspeakable by Tom Clucas is a personal record of non-belonging and of struggling to find a home in, what the author describes as, this “beautiful bastard of a world”.

Spanning a variety of contemporary forms and voices, the poems grapple (as the title implies) with the unspeakable aspects of everyday life. Stretching the boundaries of language, the pieces in this collection seek to voice marginalised experiences and create new bonds of commonality through their searching exploration of illness, poverty, overwork, displacement, conflict, and death. Yet they also remind the reader—through their heightened rhythms, images, and cadences—of the wonder and startling brevity of human life, building through the fleeting visions of a series of outcast speakers to their own unexpected image of utopia.

The Everyday Unspeakable will be available from the 15 July 2022.

About the Author:

Tom Clucas writes about belonging and the lack of belonging from the outside perspective of an LGBT+ poet with an autism spectrum condition. Having won the Lawrence Sail poetry prize at a young age, he went on to complete his DPhil at Oxford, supervised by the poet Lucy Newlyn. While there, he published poems and articles in numerous journals and won further competitions, including the Lord Alfred Douglas and Poem on a Sacred Subject prizes, judged by Simon Armitage, Bernard O’Donoghue and Michael Schmidt. Tom then moved to be with his civil partner in Germany, where he worked as a Deputy Professor, continued to publish both poems and articles and was shortlisted for the Melita Hume prize by Mark Ford. Following their struggles to find citizenship and a home after Brexit, he and his partner retrained as lawyers and moved to London, where he realised a longstanding fascination with the City and now advises on billion-dollar fundraisings. In the small hours, he continues to hone his writing, with craft and challenge being the watchwords of his poetry.

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