A Jump Start

Poems (1987)

“James Lasdun’s A Jump Start is a gratifyingly ambitious collection, shimmering with a quick intelligence…with the extra bonus of a restlessly inventive mind.” Terry Eagleton, The Literary Review

“I’m filled with admiration, delight, and gratitude at discovering James Lasdun’s poems in A Jump Start. He has wit, speed, intelligence, a keen eye, precision, and imagination of a high order.” Anthony Hecht

“James Lasdun’s A Jump Start is cosmopolitan, urbane, powerful and metrically elegant. His themes are varied – mortality, sexuality, satire – but all the verse is vigorous and well made, the imagery vivid, surprising and memorable. A muted, almost menacing violence often underlies the sensual…” Peter Reading, Evening standard

“A very gifted first book” Washington Post

“James Lasdun’s extremely accomplished debut volume of poetry astonishes with its range of tone…Though A Jump Start is Lasdun’s first book, he is a poet already mature in his art.” Hudson Review

“Glittering brilliance…rich visual imagery…cornucopian vision”Times Literary Supplement

“As brilliantly chiselled and metaphorically suggestive as anything in Brodsky or Hecht…If you’ve been waiting for that indisputably important new book of poetry, wait no longer.” Peter Forbes, The Listener