The Triumph of Cancer

Chris McCabe

"Cells mutate, language dissolves and bodies fall away..."

a poetry book society recommendation

The Triumph of Cancer blurs the borders of science and poetry, working with forensic attention to capture the ‘inscape’ of the living world.

In this powerful new collection, presented as a museum of artefacts, Chris McCabe returns to the site of personal trauma to confront disease head-on. Elegies for his father, poets and celebrities mingle with still-life portraits of organic and synthetic subjects. These poems move with lyric grace and surgical precision against a backdrop of terror and cancerous global politics, showing McCabe at the height of his powers: dextrous, darkly comic and a true original.


Our price £7.99
RRP £9.99
90 pages
ISBN 9781908058607
Published 6 November 2018
Cover design: PITM


McCabe approaches the actualities of love, death and loss with a steady, unflinching eye.
Karen McCarthy Woolf, Poetry London on Speculatrix

About the author

Chris McCabe’s work crosses artforms and genres including fiction, non-fiction, drama and visual art. His poetry has been recorded for the Poetry Archive and he was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2013. He has published four collections of poetry, including the highly praised Speculatrix (2014), and his work has been described by The Guardian as ‘an impressively inventive survey of English in the 21st century’. His psychogeographic books about London’s cemeteries, In the Catacombs and Cenotaph South, are published by Penned in the Margins. With Victoria Bean he is the coeditor of The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward Publishing, 2015) and his first novel, Dedalus, a sequel to Ulysses, was published by Henningham Family Press in 2018. He works as the Librarian at the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre.

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