Taking the Long Way Home is the work of a poet who has led the nomadic life familiar to anyone with parents in the military. Friends become precious and their loss is keenly felt. With an electrical malfunction in his brain, Steve’s own life becomes equally precious and must be lived to its full potential. These poems provide us with a window into a uniquely thrilling world.
The book is illustrated with razor sharp perception by Malin Bergström who has the privilege of being one of those treasured friends.
Steve’s poems have been widely published, deservedly so. In these pages favourites and fresh new pieces are brought together into a single spine-chilling first collection.
One and Other, June 2013: “Taking the Long Way Home is the work of a rare artist with a fire in his head, but it is also an important addition to poetry in the English language. It is cutting edge without being pompous, it is technically brilliant whilst remaining accessible, it’s intelligent without being pretentious. In short it is one of the finest first collections I’ve ever encountered and it deserves your time and attention.” – Roger Carsley
Soundsphere: “after reading Steve’s collection of poetry those who disliked, hated or felt general apathy towards poetry will be transformed and converted.” – Olivia Widdup