If All the World and Love Were Young by Stephen Sexton

If All the World and Love Were Young

'Every poem in this book is a marvel. Taken all together they make up a work of almost miraculous depth and beauty' Sally Rooney'A poetry debut fit to compare with Seamus Heaney. This wonderful long poem is up there with the greats' Sunday TimesShortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection When Stephen Sexton was young, video games were a way to slip through the looking glass; to be in two places at once; to be two people at once. I...

Details If All the World and Love Were Young

TitleIf All the World and Love Were Young
Release DateAug 29th, 2019
GenrePoetry, Cultural, Ireland

Reviews If All the World and Love Were Young

  • rosamund
    I’ve been looking forward to this collection for months, having admired Stephen Sexton’s work since I first heard him read from his pamphlet, Oils. I was not disappointed! This is an imaginative, moving and fresh narrative poem. The title, If All the World and Love Were Young, comes from a pastoral poem by Walter Raleigh, while the poems themselves follow the structure of Super Mario World, each section named after a level of the game. This c...
  • Zeba Clarke
    I really loved this collection. I read a review which intrigued me because the book is about the poet's memories of the years when as a teenager he played Super Mario World whilst his mother was going through treatment for cancer. It's dense, allusive, it sounds beautiful, and it demands reading and re-reading. I can see it would not be every person's cup of tea, but I found it very beautiful and heartbreaking. There is a section at the end calle...
  • Lucy Howard-Taylor
    One of those rare and precious books: the world seems different after reading it.