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He Used Thought as a Wife: An Anthology of Poems & Conversations (From Inside) Paperback – 18 Feb. 2021
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This is a book from the depths of lockdown. When Tim Key got locked down last year he refocused his fitful rudderlessness into writing about the insane developments that were setting in. First he scribbled poems about events, or lack of them. And then he began to augment the poems with conversations. Phone calls, Zooms, yelled back-and-forths with passers-by. He scribbled these exchanges down. Sometimes verbatim, sometimes fabricated, often somewhere in between.
After three months of this madness he reached out to his long-time designer, Emily Juniper. She makes the written word look beautiful, and the two of them began collaborating to give their Lockdown a bit of purpose and colour.
The result is Key's fourth book, a sprawling account of three peculiar months in his bit of the UK; partly observed, partly lived, partly made-up. All easy on the eye.
About the Author
Tim Key is a writer, actor and stand-up comedian. He won the Perrier Award in 2009 for his blend of stand-up and poetry and has been producing critically acclaimed live shows in the same vein ever since. He has written three books based in the world of poetry and humour to various degrees. He has made five series of his radio show - Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme - and released the fourth series last year on vinyl, with Emily Juniper providing the artwork. He has played Alan Partridge's sidekick for the past ten years. He has written two BAFTA nominated short films. He posts new poems on Instagram, and once we're back to normal he'll read them out in comedy clubs again.
"Utter" And Press was established by Emily Juniper in 2018. Emily is interesting in the intersection between live work and print, and regularly collaborates with Tim, who also enjoys this intersection. As with previous projects they've worked on together - playbooks, posters, playing cards - they have teamed up with Calverts, a printer in East London, to place the words onto paper, which, again has been selected by Emily.
- Publisher : "Utter" & Press (18 Feb. 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 308 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1916222641
- ISBN-13 : 978-1916222649
- Dimensions : 19.6 x 3.2 x 13.1 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 22,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I seldom leave reviews but have bought a number of copies as gifts. Not only is the design and quality of the book itself wonderful but has been read by friends and family who would have quite easily overlooked such a publication. Buy it now you won't be disappointed!