O England heal my hackneyed heart.
It’s shot with guilt and all those nights.
I’ve shared it far too often, England;
bled it almost dry for eager eyes;
traded it for other hearts
that turned to gristle in my grasp.
The Toll is Luke Wright’s second full collection, shining a light on Englishness, austerity and parenthood in poems expertly honed on the stages, A-roads and radio shows of Britain. From laugh-out-loud funny to heartbreak and anger at the turn of a page, The Toll visits the flat-roofed pubs and half-bought sofas of Brexit Britain, demanding the cost of living in a creaking society and registering the strain it puts on us all.
With eight live poetry tours, an award-winning debut play and a bestselling first collection to his name, Luke Wright is one of the UK’s best loved performance poets. His multi-award-winning live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people worldwide each year; his new book, The Toll, cements his place as one of the most brilliant poets of his generation. Since 2006 he has written and performed eight solo shows, touring them to top literary and arts festivals across the world.
Luke is John Cooper Clarke’s support act and has played to 2000 people a night at venues such as the London Palladium and the Palace Theatre, Manchester. His first book, Who Writes This Crap?, co-written with Joel Stickley, was published by Penguin in 2007. His debut poetry collection, Mondeo Man, was published by Penned in the Margins in 2013. In 2015 he debuted his first play – What I Learned from Johnny Bevan – at the Edinburgh Fringe. It won a Fringe First Award for new writing, The Stage Award for Acting Excellence, the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show and played a sold out three weeks at Soho Theatre. The verse text was published by Penned in the Margins in 2016. He lives in the unfashionable bit of Suffolk with his two sons. lukewright.co.uk
You can buy The Toll at this link http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/2017/01/the-toll/