Cumshot in D Minor

Melissa Lee-Houghton

August 2017

£5

Short Royal stapled

978-0-9932313-4-6

'A wry, unflinching and knowing voice that collects the pieces of the torn-up world and brings them together in such a way that something is assuaged.'

Mark Waldron

Cumshot in D Minor is the debut title from Offord Road Books, by the Somerset Maugham Award-winning poet Melissa Lee-Houghton. In this pamphlet Lee-Houghton revisits the perils of sexuality, threat and persistence that have made her not only one of the most-read of the Next Generation Poets, but also one of the most controversial and gripping poets of our time. In Cumshot in D Minor the barest facts of sex and aggression are examined in Lee-Houghton’s typically fierce style, but she also enacts a dry and sly wit in these considerations, prompting laughter in the dark as well as fear. These intimate, brilliantly hard pieces reward rereading, and mark a confronting next step in the career of one of our most fearless poets.

Praise for Melissa Lee-Houghton:

 

‘I feel I need to take a deep breath before trying to describe Melissa Lee-Houghton. The poems in Sunshine, written after two and a half years in psychiatric hospitals, out-Plath Sylvia – they are harrowing, raw and so charged with pain that at the end of each poem, literary comment seems beside the point.’

Kate Kellaway, Best Poetry Books of 2016, Guardian

‘These unflinching poems feel as if they wrote themselves . . . at times the language becomes rhapsodic, though there is always a lyrical grace and adroitness, and an intense but careful control’.

Pascale Petit

‘Simply astonishing . . . it overflows with expansive, intense and troubling poems that leave a lasting impression.’

Andrew Parkes, The Poetry School

‘Melissa Lee-Houghton holds a mirror to our mouths and teaches us how to breathe so that it hurts like hell.’

Abegail Morley

Beautiful Girls is not a book for the faint-hearted: it will survive as testament to poetry’s force in overcoming.’

Chris McCabe

‘Distilled and achieved . . . There’s a sense that you’re always teetering right on the edge of something but Melissa pushes you a little bit further than most writers would.’

Helen Mort, Five Books

‘Stunning . . . Lee-Houghton’s poetic world is the underside of mass culture – the black economies of porn, child abuse, prostitution and drug use, and the hidden economy of institutionalisation . . . Sunshine thrills, and sickens.’

Ailbhe Darcy, The Poetry Review

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