Michael Symmons Roberts’ sixth – and most ambitious collection to date – takes its name from the ancient trade in powders, chemicals, salts and dyes, paints and cures. These poems offer a similarly potent and sensory multiplicity, unified through the formal constraint of 150 poems of 15 lines.
He displays an amazing talent for intimacy on paper - sometimes, it almost takes your breath away. -- Kate Kellaway * Observer * It's all implicit, subtle, hypnotic and often beautiful. * Monocle * 150 poems of 15 lines, combining dazzling elegance and a rare imaginative humility. -- Sean O'Brien * Independent * 150 poems of fifteen lines, tackling multiple subjects from peeling an orange to the universe's "scattergram of long-dead suns". Not a dud among them. -- Adam Thorpe * Times Literary Supplement * Roberts' most ambitious collection offers a potent and sensory multiplicity. * Good Book Guide *