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Faber New Poets 7 Paperback – 1 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571250017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571250011
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poems When he met her it was as if he could see his poems moving around below her skin like fish in an aquarium. To attract them he tapped the glass of the tank - some were pretty big fish. They loomed close, shadowing her face like a birthmark. He saw their luminous scales, the frills of their fins, their mouths, fat and defenceless, without natural predators, begging to be caught, mounted and nailed to the wall.

About the Author

Sam Riviere began to write poetry while at the Norwich School of Art and Design, and completed a Masters at Royal Holloway. His poems have appeared in various publications and competitions since 2005. He co-edits the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives, and is currently working towards a PhD at the University of East Anglia. He was a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Feb. 2012
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Great metaphors, playfulness, strangeness, dark humour, discomfort. It's hard to make an impression when there is so much good writing around at the moment, but of all the poets I've read recently, Sam Riviere stands out the most for me. These poems feel somehow disparate but with a strong, unifying voice, they walk down a different set of lanes all at once. I like that aspect, but some of it is due to the fact this is a short collection. I'm really looking forward to reading a full collection... There is self-consciousness here, dreaminess, cleverness and also the odd unexpected thump in the guts. A proper poet and no mistake. Highly recommended for thrill seekers.
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