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So Many Moving Parts [Paperback]

Tiffany Atkinson
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30 Jan 2014
So Many Moving Parts, Tiffany Atkinson's third collection, is an eccentric 21st-century meditation on the awkwardness of body and spirit and their unexpected, often unwanted intrusions into the business of everyday life. Lyrical and experimental by turns, these poems push familiar events - commuting, telephones, babysitting, foreign travel - to open out toward unanswerable questions and elemental connections with an unstable physical world. A cast of real people observed over a year reveal momentary dramas as in a series of sketches, and the poet turns an ironic, unflinching eye on her own generation's transition from youth to middle age.

Bold, wishful, ambivalent, sometimes even grudgingly affectionate, the collection is a spiky celebration of the almost invisible revelations that insist when you only look closely enough.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books (30 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852249528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852249526
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Thin-skinned, labile, multi-hued and engaging, these poems enact as much as describe. They are speech in action... The poem...becomes an event' Oliver Reynolds, TLS.

<p style="margin-left: 0.3cm;">'A smart, sardonic and vulnerable updating of Catullus...Atkinson's versions are in the finest tradition of creative adaptation: keeping the originals as ballast, but unafraid to sail off on their own tangents... Other poets translate Catullus; Atkinson creates Catulla, a modern, anxious, sympathetic and merciless persona, caught up in a life she sees through but can't quite get beyond Patrick McGuinness, Guardian.

'Occasional poems start conventionally enough in landscape of the weather and disclose their depths through tautness of style and singularly precise imagery. Others...riskily balance captivating surfaces and dark narrative lacunae' Douglas Houston, Poetry Review.

'Catulla augments Atkinson's fabulous inventory of metaphor and feeds her poems the drama of living language where lines stop in the middle, don t obey rules. Her work is funny and brave and Catulla exerts a moreish power over it' Jackie Wills, The Warwick Review. --.

Atkinson's work is cleverly edgy and intimate, balancing the casual and the complex. The closeness and eroticism of love is explored and the quotidian imbued with layers of possible, plausible folklore. Its particular styles derive their effect from seeming familiar but winding round the reader their nagging difference. --Roddy Lumsden, Identity Parade.

Atkinson achieves sophistication without brittleness, and illustrates that much of the most intelligent and accessible poetry of the last five years… is being written by young women. --W.N. Herbert, Poetry London.

Atkinson's work is cleverly edgy and intimate, balancing the casual and the complex. The closeness and eroticism of love is explored and the quotidian imbued with layers of possible, plausible folklore. Its particular styles derive their effect from seeming familiar but winding round the reader their nagging difference. --Roddy Lumsden, Identity Parade.

Atkinson achieves sophistication without brittleness, and illustrates that much of the most intelligent and accessible poetry of the last five years… is being written by young women. --W.N. Herbert, Poetry London.

Atkinson's work is cleverly edgy and intimate, balancing the casual and the complex. The closeness and eroticism of love is explored and the quotidian imbued with layers of possible, plausible folklore. Its particular styles derive their effect from seeming familiar but winding round the reader their nagging difference. --Roddy Lumsden, Identity Parade.

Atkinson achieves sophistication without brittleness, and illustrates that much of the most intelligent and accessible poetry of the last five years… is being written by young women. --W.N. Herbert, Poetry London.

About the Author

Tiffany Atkinson was born in Berlin into an army family and has lived in Wales for many years. She is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, and edited The Body: A Reader (Palgrave 2004). She leads regular writers' workshops and academic seminars, as well as giving many readings throughout Britain and internationally. She won the Cardiff Academi International Poetry Competition in 2001. Her first collection, Kink and Particle (Seren, 2006), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, won the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award. Catulla et al (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), her second collection, was shortlisted for the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year) in 2012. Her third collection, So Many Moving Parts, is due from Bloodaxe in 2014.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Favourite Parts 8 April 2014
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I read one of Tiffany Atkinson's poems in the Guardian and bought the book on the basis of that singular selection. It was a poem about somebody out jogging at night. It captured the spooling, contradictory thoughts of psychic and bodily self that solitary exercise can induce. There was an element of formality to the poem, but also an ingenuity of language. It described a world that was recognisable and immediate. I could inhabit it, and learn.

All the poems in this book are inhabitable. They scrutinise and re-sketch the familiar, whether it be aspects of work, family, travel or relationships. I already have favourite poems I return to regularly, and memorable lines that are lodged firmly in my mind. She reminds me a little of two other contemporary favourites, Nick Smith and Catherine Pearson, in her unapologetic engagement with contemporary worlds and the toned phrasing of her language (although she is clearly very different to them). Take this from 'Beachcombing', for example -

'This patisserie
of crotches in their little wraps;how tenderly
we don't look.'

You should buy this book. It's a treasure for the shelf.
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