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Long poems

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Let Them Eat Chaos
Kate Tempest
(UK: Picador, @picadorbooks, 2016; USA: Bloomsbury USA, @BloomsburyPub, 2017)

Let Them Eat Chaos, Kate Tempest’s new long poem written for live performance and heard on the album release of the same name, is both a powerful sermon and a moving play for voices. Seven neighbours inhabit the same London street, but are all unknown to each other. The clock freezes in the small hours, and, one by one, we see directly into their lives: lives that are damaged, disenfranchised, lonely, broken, addicted, and all, apparently, without hope. Then a great storm breaks over London, and brings them out into the night to face each other – and their last chance to connect …

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Recommended by:
Leena Normington

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