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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571288189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571288182
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Go Giants, prize-winning poet Nick Laird returns with a third stunning collection.

About the Author

Nick Laird was born in 1975 in Co. Tyrone, and studied English at the University of Cambridge, where he won the Quiller-Couch Award for creative writing. His debut collection, To a Fault (2005), won the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize; his second, On Purpose (2007), the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He is the author of two novels and lives in London.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2013
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I loved this book of poems from the word "Go" - printed on the cover - and the fab poem addressing Poetry herself, placed on the flyleaf in lieu of a blurb: "One time I found you mooching round the back/of the loading dock at the meat factory"...

Just like Heaney before him, representing the earlier Northern Ireland generation, Laird aims to remind us that he knows all the classical conventions - as Heaney's "North" began with Antaeus, so Laird's volume starts with an Epithalamium. And it quickly becomes clear that the poet's been living in Rome, contemplating some of those vast legs left in the sand that populate the city: the Capitoline Museum provokes "The Mark", on the flaying of Marsyas, which quotes from Julian Barnes' memoir of his late wife whilst pondering pain in its many forms.

Laird's personal life is clearly much of his subject matter; it could be intensely tiresome for him to be so often reminded that he's related by marriage to a much-more bestselling writer, but even the tiny glimpses we might be getting of some kind of literary domestic life ("Talking In Kitchens") are so sweet that I found myself wishing I was talking in the kitchen with them, rather than resenting their happy-sounding existence. Much of the book seems interested in what place means, which also connects "North" and "Go Giants": at once intensely global and metropolitan, there are also these intimate domestic moments that you sense for Laird are completely key.

The thing I MOST love about this book is Laird's almost unbelievable ability to change tone. When you read North again AFTER this book, you go, "wow, Seamus, you really did go on and on and ON about bogs".
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on 18 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I like Laird - he supports negative growth, or did before fatherhood struck, like M5S now in Italy and the Greens back in the day - but a lot of these poems feature, presumably, his wife (Zadie Smith); will this prove his undoing? Give us that non-fiction book, Nick. Quick! Rain down fire
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Dull, Pretentious, Unpoetic 21 Jan. 2015
By Melpomene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What is happening to poetry?

There is so much crap being published, like this book. It is just arrogant and pretentious nonsense about "spiderman duvets" and "go-go" hip funk/lame language. If I read poetry, I expect to read works by people who actually have some skill with the English language. I'm sick of reading so many poems like this nowadays. It's a long time since I have read the work of a new poet who doesn't try to be funky or hip about the city or sex and instead writes about serious issues in a beautiful way. Faber and Faber is going down the drain if they continue to publish this sort of thing. It's the kind of worthless poetry that gets a review like this: "Combining edgy vernacular and blunt reportage with a delicate lyricism, Nick Laird’s poems delight, surprise and unnerve." I don't see any edgy vernacular in phrases like "go go charm" or "go for the throat". I don't see any surprise or delight. It's all rather dull and unpoetic. Laird appears to be just another 'career' poet who, when all is said and done, can't actually write poetry. There is a reason for this, though: since career poets never really venture out to get inspiration beyond their city poet friends and university mates, they never really have anything serious to write about.

You’re the patron saint of elsewhere,
jet-lagged and drinking apple juice,
eyeing, from the sixth-floor window,
a kidney-shaped swimming pool
the very shade of Hockney blue.

There's so much cliche it's verging on emetic.
Words that Sing! 11 April 2013
By Marvin R. Hiemstra - Published on Amazon.com
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Nick Laird's GO GIANTS is built on the rare understanding of someone who is happy to be part of this world and eager to share his thoughts. Each poem is a quiet conversation with the reader who in the process becomes the poet's friend. A spiffy book to enjoy and share with your friends.
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