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Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (New British & Irish Poets) [Paperback]

Roddy Lumsden
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30 Mar 2010 New British & Irish Poets
Identity Parade presents new British and Irish poetry at a time of great vibrancy and variety. It is the first anthology to comprehensively represent the generation of poets who have emerged since the mid-1990s. Eclectic, diverse and wide-ranging in scope, the book fully reflects the climate of "the pluralist now". It offers the work of 85 highly individual and distinctive talents whose poems display the distinctive breadth of styles and approaches characteristic of our current poetry. These writers are prospering all over Britain and Ireland - from Shetland to Aberystwyth, from Gravesend to Galway - as well as further afield. Many new and undersung poets appear alongside this generation's most celebrated names, and probably for the first time in any major poetry anthology, more women writers than men are featured. All the poets have either published first collections within the past 15 years or make their debut within the next year. Identity Parade is as accessible to the new reader as to the aficionado, with each poet introduced by a biographical note also covering their themes and concerns, plus an author photograph. This is the essential starting place for anyone interested in the poetry of here and now.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd; First Edition edition (30 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852248394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852248390
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Roddy Lumsden's first book Yeah Yeah Yeah (1997) was shortlisted for Forward and Saltire prizes. His second collection The Book of Love (2000), a Poetry Book Society Choice, was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Mischief Night: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Third Wish Wasted (Bloodaxe Books, 2009) is his latest collection. He is a freelance writer, specialising in quizzes and word puzzles, and has held several residencies, including ones with the City of Aberdeen, St Andrews Bay Hotel, and as "poet-in-residence" to the music industry when he co-wrote The Message, a book on poetry and pop music (Poetry Society, 1999). His other books include Vitamin Q: a temple of trivia, lists and curious words (Chambers Harrap, 2004). His anthology Identity Parade: new British and Irish poets is due from Bloodaxe Books in 2010. Born in St Andrews, he lived in Edinburgh before moving to London.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Unusual Suspects 2 Sep 2010
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I am not the ideal person to review this anthology since I am temperamentally unsuited to contemporary anthologies. They inevitably highlight both the second rate and the brilliant and it is difficult to hack through the thickets of verse to reach either. This does not have the immediate impact that Bloodaxe's previous anthology, 'The New Poetry' did for me but the editor has given space to every kind of contemporary mode of poetry and I would suggest in future years it will be regarded as a landmark volume, highlighting some of the best new poets. The casual reader though, will still find much to delight and be intrigued by and will also have to plough through some grotesque experimental poetry and some that has not yet found its feet. It is a book that someone with a real enthusiasm and interest in contemporary poetry will want to read from cover to cover since it is detailed and informative but for some of the rest of us, we might be better browsing the pages rather than diving in head first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic selection of new talent 2 Jun 2010
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It will be unsurprising to those familiar with Roddy Lumsden and his work as a poet-teacher within the UK poetry scene that he should oversee and execute this anthology of emerging voices. And on this evidence, he is the rightful heir to Michael Donaghy.

This truly is an assured and measured selection of the brightest lights in the British poetry scene. Each voice within its pages enchants and pleads to be noticed, above and beyond the poetics of the twentieth-century American schools that many have been clearly influenced by - and now surpassed in a variety of ways.

There are poets like Luke Kennard and Annie Freud with their surrealist and absurdist sketches, Chris McCabe and his formal experimentation, John Stammers' cosmopolitan Frank O'Hara-isms, Simon Barraclough's jazzy coolness and Colette Bryce's journeys through the possibility of language.

But this is just scratching the more famous surface of what is to be found within this treasure trove of young talent. There are many poets in these pages I have never heard of - mainly because they are yet to even publish their first collections at the time of writing - and their poems are as exciting, if not more so, than the few established figures which grace the anthology.

This lends weight to the idea of this anthology being similar, and having a similar impact, to an older Bloodaxe anthology, `The New Poetry' from the early Nineties, which now reads like a who's who of the established poetic order in the UK.
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