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The Long Take by Robin Robertson

The Long Take

The Long Take by Robin Robertson
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Nov 20, 2018 | 256 Pages
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“A remarkable work . . . I can’t think of anything quite like it  . . . Modern, complex, political . . . [Robertson’s] language is functional and often exquisite . . . Though rooted in a specific time and place, The Long Take’s larger theme is the capacity of greed and politics to turn hope into despair . . . A poem that’s long been waiting to be written.” —Woody Haut, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Robertson has cast a national, cultural, psychological and class outsider of vibrant and seedy post-war America into a palpable anti-hero eerily resonant with our contemporary world. With syncopated rhythms, staccato dialogue and jump-scenes, the book weaves dizzying, jazz-like meditations on PTSD, masculinity, betrayal and salvation by embodying, in sound, scent and sixth-sense, one of America’s most hopeful and devastating decades. The result is a ravishing achievement.” —Ocean Vuong

“A beautiful, vigorous and achingly melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring. Here we have a poet, at the peak of his symphonic powers, taking a great risk, and succeeding gloriously . . . The Long Take is a masterly work of art, exciting, colourful, fast-paced – the old-time movie reviewer’s vocabulary is apt to the case – and almost unbearably moving.” —John Banville, The Guardian
 
“Robertson’s The Long Take shows it is perfectly possible to write poetry which is both accessible and subtle, which has a genuine moral and social conscience without sacrificing the polished nature of the language to soundbite and cliché.” —Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
 
“[Robertson’s] writing is a charged marriage of precision and wildness, of meticulous architecture and unbridled energy . . . writing of extraordinary sensuality . . . In this cinepoetic narrative, lyric is the long take, while the lift and fall of the feet of the wounded tell stories of hope and loss.” —Felicity Plunkett, The Australian

“Robertson’s The Long Take shows it is perfectly possible to write poetry which is both accessible and subtle, which has a genuine moral and social conscience without sacrificing the polished nature of the language to soundbite and cliché . . . A major achievement.” —Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman

“A sustained tribute to the cinematic art of light and dark.” —Jeremy Noel-Tod, Sunday Times
 
“[A] flashpoint in U.S. history, an almost perfect mirror image of the nation today . . . The Long Take remarkably captures linguistic styles of 1940s American writing—Saroyan and Steinbeck. As it progresses into the mid-50s we’re hearing Ginsberg and Baldwin . . . You will be washed in all these when you read this poem.” —Todd McEwen, Sunday Herald
 

Awards

Man Booker Prize SHORTLIST 2018

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