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Dances Learned Last Night: Poems, 1975-1995 [Paperback]

Michael Donaghy
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8 Sep 2000
This colection brings together Shibboleth, which won the Whitbread Poetry Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and Errata, Michael Donaghy's first collection. It also includes some previously unpublished poems.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (8 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330481940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330481946
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 27 Jun 2001
This is a reissue of Donaghy's first two collections, Shibboleth and Errata. With Conjure they make up the entire work. I first came across Errata and came away reeling. He is one of the most exciting poets I've come across, with a combination of metaphisical wit which at is best is the equal to Donne, fantastic rhythms, and great emotion lightly worn. One of the reasons why reading poetry can be a real high point in ones life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to Be Missed 25 Sep 2002
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Donaghy--an expatriot New Yorker who has lived for many years in London--is a rare voice in contemporary poetry. His poems are wickedly smart, formally adept, and truly moving. His poems are little miracles of compression, containing more smarts and emotion in a few lines than most contemporary poets pack into an entire collection. Definitely worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Who Sidesteps Categorization 11 Nov 2002
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This is one of the finest collections I've read in years - wildly imaginative, moving, and technically accomplished. I find it specially compelling because it incorporates all the imaginative daring of early modernism with an elegant mastery of traditional forms.
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