From the winner of the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize and the 2013 Eric Gregory Award 2013; The book is made up of five distinct sequences, each made using a different process including haikus, sonnets and prose; Poems are preoccupied with the passage of time and how time is recorded - timestamp of a text message, diary jottings, double exposure of a photograph, the reverse-flow of a twitter feed etc...; The book responds in new ways to the language of the internet
Oli Hazzard was born in Bristol in 1986, and studied English at University College London and the University of Bristol. He has researched John Ashbery's poetry at the University of Oxford. Oli Hazzard's poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Forward Book of Poetry 2010, Best British Poetry 2011, The Salt Book of Younger Poets and New Poetries V (Carcanet, 2011). He now teaches at the University of St Andrews and lives in Edinburgh.
'Hazzard's gift lies in making the unusual seem aphoristic, turning words on their heads to shock an unsuspecting reader.' - The Economist; `A beautiful, bracing book of surprising, absorbing itineraries, Blotter takes brilliant soundings of linguistic pools and discursive surrounds. These astonishing, seductive sequences explore "how time is layered / into the paint". Hazzard is a formidably inventive poet; he is also a generous, playful, inviting one. He abolishes the distance between the conceptual and the lyrical, updating Wordsworth's "selection of the real language of men" for our GPS moment. His sequences bespeak their compositional procedures but also something irreducibly else: the poet in and of the hinge, the gap, the step, the scroll, the click, the synapse - a shaping and shaped tender intelligence. Like the most ambitious works of any era, Hazzard's poems create their own occasions and terms. They invite us to enter new fields, to go skying toward new horizons, to sense a lover's touch, to hear both "a lullaby" and "the shocking truth".' - Maureen N. McLane