“AN ASTROPHYSICIST WROTE IN
THE NEW YORK TIMES THAT WE
DON’T WANT TO SEE. I CAN’T
What would you do if you looked up and saw that the night sky was darker than usual? That the stars had disappeared, and nobody was doing anything about it?
What do you do when a loved one tells you that their world is darker than usual? That they see no light, and don’t know what to do about it?
Errant Night is an exploration of resilience executed imperfectly. In this sequence of prose poems, Beaumont draws upon the sci-fi wonders of interstellar travel and spaceship mechanics to throw comparative light upon the realities of living with the burden of loss.
‘Errant Night is that rarest of things: inventive, intelligent, playful, witty, and wise, all the while pulsing with a great big heart. Absolutely exquisite.’
Nigel Featherstone, author of BODIES OF MEN
‘In an uncanny series of prose poems that circumnavigate themes of absence and entropy, Errant Night is an extraordinary book of cosmic proportions. Narrated by a postmodern Major Tom figure, who is both self-recriminating and obsessive, dark musings are juxtaposed with a tenacious sense of hope in the face of despair. In this stunning debut collection, Beaumont reminds us that, ‘Some things can’t be fixed.’
Cassandra Atherton, prose poet, critic & scholar
‘Errant Night is a scenic route through luminescence and pitch. Let your eyes and heart travel the interstellar distance with Jerzy as he breathes life into the void.’
Andrea ‘Vocab’ Sanderson, Poet Laureate of San Antonio TX (‘20 – ‘23)
‘With its celestial heart at its centre, Errant Night takes us on an immersive, visceral journey through space and the anatomy of darkness. Long after they are put down, these words are sure to live on in the mind of their readers.’
Sharifa A Tartoussi, performance poet & co-creative director at Slamalamadingdong