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Chess Pieces

David Solway’s new collection of poems is a profound and witty work by a grandmaster of English verse. In forms ranging from free verse to strict quatrains to sly ‘translations’, the poems in Chess Pieces display an astonishing formal skill. There are poems of wit, elegance, and humour but, more darkly, they are also explorations of the play of power as enacted in the game of chess.

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