A century on from the rise of modernism Tim Turnbull presents a satirical survey of our subsequent cultural landscape. Drawing on popular entertainments, such as the ballad, pulp horror and ghost story, folk song and music hall skit, he lampoons human endeavour in some of its many fields and forms. Stripping away the lyric and bucolic strands which characterised his acclaimed debut, Stranded in Sub-Atomica, Turnbull has recalibrated his poetic vision to stunning effect. Grim, compelling, ridiculous and hilarious, Caligula on Ice and Other Poems prophesies apocalypse ... next Wednesday.
'He has something in common with Simon Armitage and Tony Harrison but he's not school of anyone. His laconic relish for the world stands out.' Sean O'Brien
'I so appreciated this great, lively book, its depth and urgency.' Kathryn Gray, Magma Poetry
'Tim Turnbull's Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn made my month.' Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
'Tim Turnbull is a truly cutting-edge poetic talent.' Poetry Review