I don’t know what
kind of world has welcomed you
but still I sit
cappucino fed and biscotti wrapper
dead shell. Still the buses, the buses
coming fast, three in each direction
but here’s a solid silence between you
from ‘Kid’ by Abigail Oborne
In a world of dumbed-down media and txt-speak, six of the most talented young writers speak out. This is a must-have anthology for anyone interested in the future of poetry, featuring new work by Joe Dunthorne, Inua Ellams, Laura Forman, Emma McGordon, Abigail Oborne and James Wilkes.
‘Generation Txt looks at all points of poetry’s star and is less concerned with the middle ground, which makes this selection of young writers more vital and a truer cross-section of the poetry that will progress and flourish.’
‘This collection is a creative ideas manual … replete with offbeat and tangential work. These six young poets are joyfully working with Ezra Pound’s dictum to ‘make it new’ and doing it with extreme effervescence.’
Times Educational Supplement
‘A reassuring voice that British poetry is alive, kicking and relevant, for some time to come.’
Ian Seed, Stride
‘Good news for poetry’
Richard Morrison, The Times
‘full of ambition and spark […] let us hope Generation Txt is remembered as the starting point of some dazzling poetic careers’
Clare Pollard, Rising
‘[Generation Txt] points to rude health amongst the youngsters on the poetry scene … and offers alternatives to the tedium of the current crop of mainstream not-so-bright stars. Young poets should get their hands on it’
Simon Turner, Gists and Piths
‘I couldn’t find the txt msg sonnet my bile had been longing for.’
David Bowden, Culture Wars
Joe Dunthorne is a 26 year-old writer from Swansea, South Wales, and a graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA. His debut novel Submarine was published to much critical acclaim by Hamish Hamilton in 2008. His poems have been published in Reactions, Magma, Tears in the Fence, The Guardian and Vice Magazine. A pamphlet of his poetry is forthcoming from Faber & Faber.
Inua Ellams, 24, is a well-known poet whose performance CV includes appearances at Glastonbury, Latitude, Tate Modern and Battersea Arts Centre. His debut collection Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales was published in 2005. Inua divides his time between graphic and word art.
Laura Forman has been published in various literary magazines including The North and Smiths Knoll. She was highly commended in the Café Writers Competition. Her work has been displayed at The British Library. Published prose includes short stories and an essay on Patrick Hamilton in Common Ground. Not bad for someone who was a science geek in a former life: she read Natural Sciences at Cambridge.
Abigail Oborne lives in Whitstable, Kent with her husband, who is also a writer. Born and raised in the West Midlands, Abigail studied Creative Writing at Roehampton University and has worked for a charity on a high-rise council estate. Her poetry is published in Onedit.
Emma McGordon, 25, hails from Whitehaven, West Cumbria. A full-time writer with a debut collection due from Tall Lighthouse, Emma has performed at Soho Theatre with Apples & Snakes and at Latitude Festival. Emma was Northern Young Writer of the Year 2002.
James Wilkes is a 27 year-old poet, comedy writer and visual art critic based in London. Originally from Dorset, Jamie has published Ex Chaos, a collection of poems based on Japanese creation myths, and a series of poem-postcards – amongst other projects. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and Resonance FM, and his poetry is published in Tears in the Fence, Intercapillary Space, and Great Works.