Running Upon the Wires: Poems

Running Upon the Wires: Poems

Running Upon the Wires is full body art, smack against love in all its stages, a battle to the finish—or the beginning—the epic struggle (and ecstasy) as only Kate Tempest could record.” —Bob Holman

From award-winning poet, novelist, playwright, rapper, and recording artist Kate Tempest, an unabashedly intimate poetry collection that confirms her as one of our most important poetic truth tellers.

My body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires (James Joyce, Dubliners).

Award-winning writer, spoken-word star, and spellbinding performer Kate Tempest is as bold an observer of the human heart as she is of social and political change. Her raw and exhilarating new collection of poems throbs with love’s extremes: the end of one relationship, the budding of another, and what happens when the heart is pulled both ways at once.

Calling in its title upon the classical poet’s harp, the technological wires of communication, and the neural wires of feeling, Tempest’s electrifying new verse weaves interpersonal struggle into a cathartic and memorable work of art about joy and despair, confusion and clarity, self-destruction and revival. Explosively lyrical and pulsing with feeling, Running Upon the Wires is frayed yet powerful in its pain, determined to speak and find love in a human community of “terrifying beauty.”

Title:Running Upon the Wires: Poems
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781635570199
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About Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering MCs to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Her work includes Balance, her first album with band Sound of Rum; Everything Speaks in its Own Way her first collection of poems, the critically acclaimed plays Wasted, Glasshou


    Running Upon the Wires: Poems Reviews

  • Kate Wyver

    Gently sad and full. She gets such an ache out of words.(listened to audiobook, her voice and lilt are just too good to keep pinned to the page)...

  • Michael

    I've loved each of Kate Tempest's previous books of poetry, so I had high expectations for this, her newest collection. Unfortunately, I found myself rather disappointed by her efforts this time ("eff...

  • Katie

    3.5 /5“The whole world is a sick joke about how beautiful you are” – Kate Tempest, Running Upon the WiresI adored Kate Tempest’s previous collections Hold Your Own and Let Them Eat Chaos, and ...

  • Chris Roberts

    The poetess is estranged from the reader, simply by investing in a relentlessly, inconsequential form. Love? love is tentative, predatory, the heart must be given absent effusive embarrassments, acts ...

  • Maria

    "You know, it used to keep me up at night,The lack of you"...

  • Marina

    I honestly cannot rate this. I am a super fan of Kate Tempest's poetry and I love everything she touches, I'd tattoo Let Them it Chaos in its entirety on my face if it fit, honestly. This collection, ...

  • Fiona

    I read this mostly in one bus journey from work while listening to a Marika Hackman, because it felt appropriate. The two seem pretty close together in the way they write about relationships especiall...

  • Juliano

    Kate Tempest’s latest work, a collection of poetry titled ‘Running Upon The Wires’, is published today and is an incredible output from an artist consistently working at the top of her game. Pro...

  • Charlott

    Kate Tempest is one of my favourite contemporary poets (and Hold Your Own one of my favourite poetry books). Thus my expectations were high. In the past Tempest took Greek myths, current political aff...

  • Kate (Reading Through Infinity)

    Running Upon The Wires is a departure from Kate Tempest's usual type of poetry in its very personal subject matter. Tempest writes about her relationships with other women and the collection goes in r...