Author(s): Richard Price
The poems in Richard Price's Moon for Sale delight in linguistic play, turning over sound and sense with gleeful dexterity. But they are equally visually sensitive: Price's lyricism speaks as much to a cinematic sensibility as to a poetic one, to Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, to the carefully braided documentaries of Viera Cakanyova, and to the elegiac filmscapes of Margaret Tait. In the shadow of a culture in which even the moon is up for auction, Moon for Sale records the decadence of our times by incorporating and repurposing that culture's language. At the same time a haven of meaning is sought in the erotic, in the intimate transactions between bodies, that 'rush of unclevering' which both simplifies and intensifies the world.
Richard Price was born in 1966 and grew up in Scotland. He was educated at Napier College, Edinburgh and at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. In the 1990s he became a leading figure in the Informationist movement in Scottish poetry. Richard Price has published a dozen books of poetry since his debut in 1993, including Lucky Day (Carcanet 2005), which was a Guardian Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. In 2012 his poem 'Hedge Sparrows' was chosen to represent Team GB in the Olympics project 'The Written World'. He writes about families, memory, and lovers and his poems have been widely anthologised, and translated into French, Finnish, German, Hungarian and Portuguese. He is also a short story writer and novelist, a critic, and the editor of the little magazine Painted, spoken. He is Head of Contemporary British Collections at the British Library, in London. Richard Price's website is www.hydrohotel.net.