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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224089188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224089180
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sam Willetts has been through fire and come back, with his own improbable cantor's quorum ready-assembled around him: mystic, junkie, dealer, truant child, Holocaust survivor, son, lover, brother - he is able to make them all sing, in poems of such fluency and force, such holy fortuity of phrasing, they make us want to celebrate even as they make us mourn. A natural like few others" (Henry Shukman)

"This letter is sheer poetry to the bard of no fixed abode" (Sunday Times interview)

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An extraordinary first collection of poems from an assured new writer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mary p on 26 Feb 2011
Format: Paperback
I heard Sam Willetts reading his poetry at the TS Elliot prize and was inspired to buy this book. It is even better on the page; accessible yet giving more and more at each reading. He may be another member of the Oxbridge Poetry Mafia but there is no posing and preening, just beautiful poetry that makes the minutes vanish. I haven't got much money at the moment but this was a wonderful buy - I haven't skipped a single word.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 26 Sep 2010
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Autobiographical verse volumes are commonplace. Great autobiographical sequences are not. This is such a one. Quality and impact comparable to Birthday Letters make it a must read. A must read from which very many lines continue to resonate. But more, verse which illuminates profoundly the readers own life.
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By Justine Knight on 16 April 2014
Format: Paperback
Beautifully harsh emotions that reveal part of Willetts soul for the reader. This collection of poems is amazingly detailed but brief, it draws you in and makes you see the world in a different way,which all poetry should do.
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By Cat Oswyn on 13 May 2013
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Enjoyed this book of poems. Loved the undercurrent of dark humour and grief; the narratives of place and object that reveal the narrative of a life, connected to, and struggling with, its own bitter histories of family and self. Self engrossed and hence self revealing; well worth reading.
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