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Running Upon the Wires: Poems

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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 importa
Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published September 6th 2018)
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Kate Wyver
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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)
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, lgbtqia
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 ("efforts" sounds dismissive as I look at the word I've written, and I'm not inclined to change it).

Kate's subject matter this time is herself, the ending and aftermath of one relationship and the start of a new one from the ashes of the old. There are some nice turns of phrase, but too few. There are so
3.5 /5

“The whole world is a sick joke about how beautiful you are” – Kate Tempest, Running Upon the Wires

I adored Kate Tempest’s previous collections Hold Your Own and Let Them Eat Chaos, and they both hold very special places in my heart. Understandably, I was very excited to get my hands on her latest collection.

Running Upon the Wires shows us a different side to the poet, this collection is definitely her most raw and personal. The collection follows the breakdown of one relationship, the beg
Chris Roberts
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
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 of intimacy exploratory
and displayed true love achingly.

Self-love, only and always, is first, last true-true love
leave this world, my love,
bedlam devotion, slice-to-the-bone-motion,
bleed out...lovely and silken...a prostrate sculpture.

#love #poetry

Chris Roberts, God of Face Shifting Wayfarers
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a big fan of this multi talented writer and her new collection of love poems does not disappoint. I’d recommend listening to the podcast with her poetry editor, where they chat about the process of writing and editing this collection (Guardian Books podcast) as it gives some insight into the process. I will re-read and recommend this.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
"You know, it used to keep me up at night,
The lack of you"
Eloise Mcallister
Enjoyable but nothing really stuck out for me
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018, poetry
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, though, this collection is something else. It's beautiful, the images are nitid and authentic, as one's come to expect from her, also deep-felt and modern. It's just more difficult to connect to, simply because they're very personal love poems. I liked all of them and some I will come back to many t ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 especially as this book's about the breakdown of a relationship, the start of a new one and the messy part in the middle where the two overlap. It would actually have been more appropriate to listen to I'm Not Your Man to completely match up the two, as I listened to We Slept At Last instead and that's a sli ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. Progressing from a breakup to the formation and continuation of new love, and beautifully/brutally covering the messy period in between, this is arguably the most personal work that Kate Tempest has released; there are no characters as in her previous works - and, unlike Let Them Eat Chaos, her previous long ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 affairs and close observations of people to spin gripping tales. Running Upon The Wires is more inward orientated and personal. Each poem can be read separately but taken together they tell a story of Kate ending and grieving a relationship with one woman and slowly falling for another one, navigating ...more
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 reverse order, from the end, to the middle, to the beginning of her partnership. As always, her words are masterful. Every poem is rich in meaning and resonance, and some draw emotions out, unbidden. Her discussions of the intensity of falling in love are contrasted with the fierceness of the heartbr ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I first became aware of this volume of poetry through a blog post by Chris Riddell, my favourite illustrator. He had created an illustration around the text of the first poem, "Awake all night thinking of you." Reading that first poem, it instantly struck a cord with me. This volume of work charts the breakup of one relationship, the blurring of another, and then the start of that new relationship. To reflect this, the volume starts with a section called "The End" and then finishes with "The Beg ...more
3.5 stars
As someone who impulsively buys anything on the Poetry shelf at my local Waterstones, I’m pleasantly surprised to have stumbled upon an LGBT collection.

Out of the Kate Tempest books I have read, this is by far the one that hits closest to home. I really enjoyed this one, although I must say that her writing style does not appeal to me. I also wish she’d talked more about the emotional and not just the sexual part of a wlw relationship.
chris tervit
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
More lesbian themed contemporary poems. I think they’d all be better if I heard Kate read theme out. My favourites were ‘Hanging out with your friends at the important social occasion’ & ‘Hormonising’.
Lauren Anna
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's you again as usual
It was you before we met
And it's still you, despite the fact
That you have long since left


It's like Kate Tempest knew I spent the night crying and needed to read heartbreak poetry in the morning.
Danielle Walker
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I devoured this in one sitting. It’s impossible not to.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This resonated with me on a personal level, and some of it was very beautiful.
Listened to this as an audiobook.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
My least favourite Kate Tempest, but this still had some strong and beautiful poems in it that I could really connect with.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ive pretty much been in love with Kate Tempest ever since Ive read "Let them eat Chaos".
I loved these poems.
They were raw and honest and beautiful.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
I find rating poety incredibly hard but I was fascinated by this collection and really enjoyed my reading experience.
Ken French
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An emotionally raw exploration of love, told in reverse. Brilliant; Tempest’s writing never disappoints.
Linda Bean
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting but lacks the genius of brand new ancients.
Rachel Beeler
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Outside the sky was falling in / our flesh had come away / We walked around in separate rooms / Looking for the day...'

Even though this is a bit of a departure for her, I still love it.
Paul Ferguson
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book of poems is absolutely wonderful. Kate Tempest is a genius.
jay moran
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I truly loved this collection. A raw, personal collection that examines heartbreak, new love, and old wounds. Starting at 'The End', Tempest's latest collection is perfect for anyone who has been in love and have had their heart broken in the process. Healing and honest, Running Upon the Wires is a necessary read.
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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 ...more