If All the World and Love Were Young

Stephen Sexton

If All the World and Love Were Young
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If All the World and Love Were Young

Stephen Sexton

Memories of going ‘through the looking-glass’ into the land of video games are some of the most evocative of all childhood.

In these poems we are rushed back to years spent playing Super Mario World, a place where people are small and flowers are large, a place of treacherous labyrinths and heart-stopping leaps of faith, where the materiality, wonder and peril of that world bleeds into our own as the young player bravely travels with his mother on the journey of her life-ending illness.     

Drawing on traditions of elegy and pastoral, this is a daring, moving and lyrically beautiful exploration of memory, grief and the unreal.

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