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Out of the Blue [Kindle Edition]

Simon Armitage
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This book brings together three verse form pieces each of which was created to be part of a broader form. 'Out of the Blue' itself is a powerful, award-winning, poem-film created five years after the attacks which destroyed the twin towers in New York. With a title from a speech of Churchill, 'We May Allow Ourselves a Brief Period of Rejoicing' was a Channel 5 commission for a broadcast celebrating the 60th anniversary of VE Day. The third, 'Cambodia', comes from the radio drama The Violence of Silence set 30 years after the Khmer Rouge

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'...enlarging, expanding and wondrously affecting. As general reading this book is perfect - it does not teach, it provokes thought and response and so educates in the fullest sense of the word.' Chris Brown, School Librarian

About the Author

Simon Armitage was born in 1963 in West Yorkshire and has published nine volumes of poetry. His awards include one of the first Forward prizes, the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year and a major Lannan Award. His most recent collections are Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (Faber & Faber, 2006), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and his translation of the classic Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Faber & Faber/Norton, 2007)He writes for radio, television and film, and is the author of four stage plays. His dramatisation of The Odyssey, commissioned by the BBC, received the Gold Award at the 2005 Spoken Word Awards. He has also received the Royal Television Society Arts Documentary Award. Simon Armitage has written over a dozen television films, and with director Brian Hill pioneered the docu-musical format. He received an Ivor Novello Award for his song-lyrics in the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings, which also won a BAFTA, and was the librettist for the opera The Assassin Tree, composed by Stuart McRae, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2006. He has published two novels as well as the best-selling memoir All Points North (Penguin, 1998), which was the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year. He is a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Enitharmon Press (11 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K2CCGV2
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out Of The Blue 6 May 2011
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This is one of the most powerful poems I have read. It is powerful in a number of ways, not just because it deals with a significant event of recent history to which I feel personally connected, but in the use of the various poetic forms and techniques it uses to create narrative as well as commentary. One of the most pleasing things about the whole piece was the arc it made of the small found objects observed at chapter four and returned in a box at the end.
Each of the thirteen `chapters' (if that is the right word) have a different pace, from the reflective first stanza, onto the calm early morning office; strangely both calm and energetic at the same time since the stanzas are short with a crisp observant image in each. Chapter five is really well observed, I feel like I am in the juddering building with them. This connection with real people developing real panic in the next couple of chapters is the most narrative part of the piece. It is laid out as a regular shaped poem except for chapter seven which looks like prose but is in fact one image after another packed so closely together it creates even more confusion and intensity. By chapter ten all that is left is an acceptance of fate and the telephoned goodbyes. Three more chapters develop the idea of clinging on to hope, returning to the idea that the god-like view taken at the start now makes you feel both monstrous and insignificant. Your rescuers are only ants from this height. This reflection on earlier images reminds the reader of the distance travelled to this point of `failing, flagging'.
The thirteenth and final chapter, which includes within it the first, (again in italics as if it was the preface to a novel), wraps the poem up in couplets and overlays it with a blanket of `what's. This is a long poem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Blue 11 Jan. 2010
By Jenny
If you saw Rufus Sewell reading this moving poem on Channel 5 on the 5th anniversary of 9/11 this is a great reminder as sadly there is no proper recording of the event,( just a very disjointed out of sync 4 part version on You Tube) It is a most evocative poem and I cannot image why nothing more has been done with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book of Poetry for Armitage Fans 8 April 2011
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Simon Armitage is one of the greatest poets writing in English today. As of February 2011, he has up the honored position of Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. Out of the Blue is a collection of three poems, each recalling, retelling, and recasting a tragedy - the first being on the WTC attacks on 9/11 - in a language and manner that is unique to Simon Armitage, the literary heir of Philip Larkin. Far from descending into sentimentality, Out of the Blue's poems pull the reader into the tumultuous minds of ordinary people affected be modern violence and politics. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you've read Armitage before or not. Many of his books of poetry are very difficult to acquire in the U.S. due to Faber and Faber copyright restrictions, but Amazon has a good selection; sometimes I order these from Amazon U.K. Very reasonable to buy and have them shipped across the Atlantic.
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