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Go Giants


Nick Laird


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An inventive new collection by the writer whom Colm Tóibín called “an assured and brilliant voice in Irish poetry.”

Go Giants, Nick Laird’s stunning third volume of poetry, is full of "epic ambition." In a collection that’s "easily his most accomplished to date…[Laird] gives everything of himself in a poetry as expansive and thought-provoking as his considered response to an infinitely complicated universe needs it to be" (The Guardian). Laird boldly engages with topics ranging from fatherhood and marriage to mass destruction and the cosmos. Go Giants is a brash, brave, and wildly imaginative new collection.

From Go Giants:

Go in peace to love and serve the.

Go and get help. Go directly to jail.

Go down in flames. Go up in smoke.

Go for broke. Go tell Aunt Rhody.

Go tell the Spartans. Go to hell.

Go into detail. Go for the throat.

Praise For Go Giants: Poems

One could wear out a thesaurus of superlatives describing his stanzas with their insouciant rhythms and line breaks that appear like a cliff in a cartoon, leaving you momentarily suspended in space with a dizzying view.
— Michael Autrey - Booklist

Displays an almost child-like wonder in the variety and slippage of language, alongside an adult sensibility of its boundless possibilities and dangers…Here are some of Laird's most successful and mature poems.
— The Times (London)

A happy marriage of intellect and economy… Laird’s observations in these precision-tooled poems are deft and graceful.
— Michael Robbins - Chicago Tribune

Masterful…a work of scholarship and a labor of love.
— Michael Goodwin - New York Post

Streetwise, edgy and downright cool…. History, Greek myths, personal gossip, library carrel graffiti and the general ephemera of contemporary urban existence all find their way into [Flynn’s] elegant assemblages.
— Troly Jollimore - The Washington Post

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393347449, 80pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2013

About the Author

Nick Laird’s work has garnered multiple awards including the Eric Gregory Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Feel Free was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Laird is a writer-in-residence at NYU and Chair of Creative Writing (poetry) at Queen's University, Belfast. He lives in New York and Ireland.