If All the World and Love Were Young

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If All the World and Love Were Young

When Stephen Sexton was young, video games were a way to slip through the looking glass; to be in two places at once; to be two people at once. In these poems about the death of his mother, this moving, otherworldly narrative takes us through the levels of Super Mario World, whose flowered landscapes bleed into our world, and ours, strange with loss, bleed into it. His remarkable debut is a daring exploration of memory, grief and the necessity of the unreal.

If All the World and Love Were Young

Winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection
Winner of the E. M. Forster Award
Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature
Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
Shortlisted for the John Pollard Poetry Prize

When Stephen Sexton was young, video games were a way to slip through the looking glass; to be in two places at once; to be two people at once. In these poems about the death of his mother, this moving, otherworldly narrative takes us through the levels of Super Mario World, whose flowered landscapes bleed into our world, and ours, strange with loss, bleed into it. His remarkable debut is a daring exploration of memory, grief and the necessity of the unreal.

About the Author

Stephen Sexton is the author of a book of poems If All the World and Love Were Young published by Penguin in August 2019. He’s also the author of a pamphlet of poems, Oils, published by the Emma Press in 2014, which was the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice of that year. He was the winner of the UK National Poetry Competition, and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

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Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 12.9 × 1 × 19.8 cm