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Last week, we were honoured to attend the Hippocrates Symposium for Poetry and Medicine as the partner bookshop. To celebrate the first time this internationally renowned symposium has been held in Newcastle, and indeed the UK for 10 years, we're offering a special bundle discount on copies of Michael Salcman’s award-winning poetry collections.

Michael Salcman is a distinguished US based physician, brain scientist and essayist on the visual arts, whose poetry has been widely praised and nominated for The Poet’s Prize. His books are rarely available in the UK so this is a uniqque opportunity to order both The Clock Made of Confetti and The Enemy of Good Is Better for only £15 here.

The Clock Made of Confetti is a long awaited collection by a poet of passions and enormous range, from painting to neurosurgery.

This is a long awaited collection...What I love most about his poems is the figurative microscope he builds into each poem so the reader can see it all: focused, alert, alive.

— Thomas Lux, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Prize, 1994

T.S. Eliot famously praised poets "who feel their thoughts as immediately as the odour of a rose" and until Michael Salcman our recent poetry has been overdue the new arrival of such a poet...This is a question-asking, passionately felt, superbly described and crafted poetry of the highest order.

— Dick Allen, poet laureate of Connecticut, 2010-2015

The Enemy of Good Is Better (Orchises, 2011) contains three poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize, one poem nominated for a Best of the Web Award and "Cutting Apples", first published by Alaska Quarterly Review and selected by Poetry Daily. In 2012, four poems from The Enemy of Good Is Better and two others were set to music by noted Baltimore composer, Lorraine Whittlesey. 


In Michael Salcman's strong collection...consistency of attitude, style, and striking images make many memorable poems..."we look in wonder at the vastness of space/ but from the mind to the page is as great a distance"—a distance he navigates with passion and skill that give us pleasure.

— Daniel Hoffman, Poet Laureate of the United States, 1973-1974



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