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Desire Lines

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Desire Lines

by Stephen Boyce

80pp Hardback
ISBN 978-1-904852-27-8
Publshed 21st April 2010

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Stephen Boyce was born in Surrey in 1950 and lives in Winchester. He studied French and philosophy and, following an early career as an actor and teacher, has worked for arts and heritage funding bodies for nearly thirty years. He has been a prizewinner in a number of competitions including Kent & Sussex, Leicester, Ledbury, Ware Poets and the Plough Prize and has been published widely in magazines including Staple, The Interpreter’s House, Frogmore Papers, Smiths Knoll, Tears in the Fence, Links, the Southern Daily Echo, Moving Stories, and Acumen. He has published a number of pamphlets including In the Northland – poems after the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson.
Desire Lines is his first full length collection.

It is a great pleasure to see the publication of Stephen Boyce’s debut collection, Desire Lines. Our acquaintance began on a poetry course at the Writers’ house, Ty Newydd, where he impressed me and my fellow tutor, Michael Longley, with the mystery and delicacy of his work. Later, anonymously of course, I awarded him first prize in the Kent and Sussex poetry competition for his beautiful poem, ‘The Seventh Wave’. It is satisfying to welcome this third step on his journey as a poet, the appearance of such a fine first book.

Stephen Boyce’s Desire Lines is an intelligent, sophisticated and formally-assured first collection – poems that are tender and evocative, passionate and wide-ranging. Highly visual, carefully detailed, and, like the ‘desire lines’ of the book’s title, these poems map and meander, always with a feel for the music of nature and a sense of the urgency of time’s passing. Boyce is a poet of erotic love and art, and this, his first collection is rich with portraits, family cameos, and meditations revealing him to be a truly exciting new voice.


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