single window

single window

Daniel Sluman

Price £9.99

ISBN: 978-1-913437-23-7


Date:  30th September 2021

Format: Paperback

Extent: 72 pp


Daniel Sluman’s third collection, single window is a hybrid memoir of poetry and images.

One an amputee with chronic pain, the other suffering from Crohn's Disease and Fibromyalgia, Daniel Sluman and his wife Emily found the year of 2016 almost untenable. Unable to safely navigate the stairs to bed, they spent 24 hours a day together on their sofa, isolated from society except for a single window, where they watched the world moving around them. 

single window is an incomparable, uncompromising and starkly-realised sequence of poems in the form of a journal, which bear witness to the loneliness and fear experienced by disabled people living in Tory Britain. Through Sluman's precise, hyper-confessional fusion of poetry and photography, this book documents the realities of disabled lives, exploring intimacy and unconditional love as well as isolation and confinement, and revealing a glimpse into a world that most people will otherwise never see.


Daniel Sluman is a poet and disability rights activist. He co-edited the first major UK Disability anthology Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, and his second collection the terrible was published by Nine Arches Press in 2015. He has appeared widely in UK poetry journals and his third collection of poetry, single window, about living with disability and chronic pain, is published by Nine Arches Press in September 2021.

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Daniel Sluman’s bleak brilliance in the terrible is a masterclass in the power of poetry to confront difficult subject matter with accuracy and painstaking openness. These are rigorous and exacting poems, that dare to go to some of the darkest places and speak with stark precision. 

These poems may be stripped down, intense and utterly frank, but they are not without  deep reserves of sincerity and beauty. Sluman writes of the heady cocktail of being alive, where loss, love, sex, close shaves with mortality and sharp narratives of pain and suffering are examined in concise and humane clarity.

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