My new pamphlet, The Nakedness of the Fathers is now available to order over at Broken Sleep. Just £6.50! James Byrne says this about it:
Samuel Tongue’s The Nakedness of the Fathers dexterously surveys the monster of capitalism via jaywalks, googleearth the ‘contagiousness’ of treadmills, sanitiser-slick supermarkets and the charade of prosperity. This is a landscape poetry ready and able to utilise the personal as a site of resistance, where father’s cry for ‘a mother in the dark’ and the world exists precariously, ‘a flux of ever-living fire.’ Linguistically rich and yet, where need be, capable of serrated directness, Tongue skilfully drifts through a network of forms. Impressively dialogic, at its heart, The Nakedness of the Fathers is a conversation made with others, from Derrida to Sontag. Crucially, Tongue is able to metabolise the complexities of violence whilst letting language have its say, maintaining a dignified tone against injustice. This is a learned poetics that is distinctly humane, communal and beautifully written.
I am very pleased to say that my new pamphlet The Nakedness of the Fathers will be published by Broken Sleep in February 2022. There will be more launch details closer to the date but here is a wee preview of the cover to get you in the mood.
Unfortunately, I was due to perform at Edinburgh International Book Festival with Sam Riviere this year. Covid-19 has seen to it that this is not possible. With this in mind, and if you are able, please support my independent publisher Red Squirrel by purchasing the book – and grab a copy of Sam’s from Faber and Faber too! Hope to see you all face-to-face/mask-to-mask soon!
This is my Glasgow launch date. I’m reading with Jock Stein, Finola Scott, and Moya Cannon at St. Mungo’s Mirrorball on 6th Feb at 7pm. £7/5 on the door. Would love to see you there if you’re Glasgow-based!
I’m very excited to be launching my first full collection Sacrifice Zones at the Scottish Poetry Library on Saturday 1st Feb, 1pm. It is a free event with fellow Red Squirrel authors, Stephen Watt and Jane Bonnyman. Would love to see you there!
Looking forward to trying out some work from my forthcoming book Sacrifice Zones (Red Squirrel, 2020) at Lovecrumbs (West Port) on 13th September, at 7pm. I’ll be performing with Elizabeth Rimmer, Thomas Stewart, and Anne Hay and there will definitely be cake! Hope to see you there.
I’ll be reading some oldish and some newish poems at regular poetry night ‘Vespers’ on 4th June at the Scottish Poetry Library with Eileen Chong and Raman Mundair – see here for details. £3 entry, £1 raffle tickets. The bar will be open shortly after 7pm, readings start sharp at 7.30pm. Would love to see you there!
I’m Samuel Tongue, poet, writer, editor, and workshop leader. On this site, you’ll find sample poems, some of my previous publications, and a selection of the projects and workshops I’ve delivered or with which I’m currently engaged. Please contact me if you’d like to work with me!