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Poems, 1960-2000 [Hardcover]

Fleur Adcock
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25 April 2000
"Fleur Adcock" is one of Britain's most accomplished poets. Her poised, ironic poems are tense and tightly controlled, as well as, shrewdly laconic, and often chilling as she unmasks the deceptions of love or unravels family lives. Disarmingly conversational in style, they are remarkable for their psychological insight and their unsentimental, mischievously casual view of personal relationships. She has explored questions of identity and rootedness throughout her work, both in relation to her personal allegiances to her native New Zealand and adopted countries as well as her family history. She has also written movingly of birth, death, and bereavement, and has tackled political issues with honest indignation and caustic wit. This edition replaces her Selected Poems with the addition of work from her later Oxford collections. She has edited several anthologies, including The Faber Book of Twentieth Century Women's Poetry.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (25 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852245298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852245290
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,143,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You know the name - now read the work 15 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
Can I just second the solitary reviews Adcock has garnered so far, both here and on Amazon.com. For somebody who's been writing as long as she has she has to be the best kept secret on the poetry scene. READ HER! And like Porter, Brownjohn et al - and TONY CONNOR (the other best kept secret) - she's still at it! There have always been anthologies of 'younger poets'; we shall soon need an anthology of poetry written by the over-70s. Go, girl!

By the way (Sept '13), Neil Astley's author photo on the back doesn't really do justice to her vibrancy. Like Margaret Atwood or a fine Gevrey-Chambertin, she is aging superbly. Oh to hear her vibrant tones take on the very first poem here: 'even the cactus flower/glows briefly golden'
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Generous selection from a rewarding poet... 30 July 2007
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(Kareen) Fleur Adcock is one of the most rewarding poets to emerge from the 1960s. A relaxed pace hides a biting wit and psychological perceptiveness.
This comprehensive collected takes us from the slightly contrived air of classicism that pervades her early work, through the more flowing and natural style that emerged in 1979s The Inner Harbour to the beauties of her later work, where technique is all but hidden behind an almost sublime sense of imagary and characters...
Wonderfully put together by Bloodaxe Books with the alphabetic list at the back which, annoyingly, many Bloodaxe collections lack...
That cover makes more sense as you read more...
Highly recommended to poetry lovers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a rewarding reading experience 14 Oct 2012
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I read this collection slowly over many weeks and liked it more the more I read. (I had come across a selection in an anthology, and decided to read more - I did not regret it). I think this increase in enjoyment paralleled the development in the subjects Adcock has treated. As life goes on, there is less about dreams, more about travel, revisiting the past (her own, her parents, her ancestors towards the end of the book), and the present (a spell in hospital; a take on Thatcher's Britain, and so on). This offers calm, peaceful, sometimes amused reflection on all the vicissitudes of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special place on my shelf 7 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
I don't read much poetry. I discovered Fleur Adcock when I came across her lovely poem "For a Five-Year-Old" (included in this tome) a few years ago and was encouraged to read more of her work. This is a rich volume ranging from fabulously funny and mischievous to truly moving and sometimes compellingly bizarre. I was spell-bound by some of the poems and re-read them over and over again (and will no doubt keep coming back for more).

As I like to read during my daily commute or in a cafe, I did not particularly care for the large format of the edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Sep 2014
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Great book and arrived on time
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