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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847770452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847770455
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 943,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From reviews of Common Prayer: Urgent, acrobatically alert poems alternate with the comparative stillness of a series of love sonnets. Here, too, the imagination is always at work, demonstrating that curiosity is a form of passion. --- Sean O'Brien, The Sunday Times

That she is also a very fine poet indeed seems almost impertinent of her, but that is what she is - Sampson's free verse soon surprises by its seductive ease and its vivid rendition of he ordinary, material world. This perfect equilibrium between the numinous and the touchable is typical of Sampson's achievement. --- Adam Thorpe, the Guardian

Fiona Sampson burst onto the literary landscape as the brilliant young editor of Poetry Review a couple of years ago. In Common Prayer, her subject is darkness of many kinds, erotic or lonely, histories of Eastern Europe, abandonment. She finds a subtle suggestion of sexual gesture in unexpected places. - --Elaine Feinstein, The Times

--Elaine Feinstein, The Times

That she is also a very fine poet indeed seems almost impertinent of her, but that is what she is - Sampson's free verse soon surprises by its seductive ease and its vivid rendition of he ordinary, material world. This perfect equilibrium between the numinous and the touchable is typical of Sampson's achievement. --- Adam Thorpe, the Guardian

Fiona Sampson burst onto the literary landscape as the brilliant young editor of Poetry Review a couple of years ago. In Common Prayer, her subject is darkness of many kinds, erotic or lonely, histories of Eastern Europe, abandonment. She finds a subtle suggestion of sexual gesture in unexpected places. --- Elaine Feinstein, The Times

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Fiona Sampson has published fourteen books - including poetry, philosophy of language and studies of writing process - of which the most recent are The Distance Between Us (Seren, 2005) and Writing: Self and Reflexivity (with Celia Hunt; Macmillan, 2005). She has been widely translated, with eight books in translation including Patuvachki Dnevnik (Travel Diary), awarded the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia). She has received the Newdigate Prize, writers' awards from the Arts Councils of England and Wales and the Society of Authors and, in, the United States, the Literary Review's Charles Angoff Award. 'Trumpeldor Beach' was shortlisted for the 2006 Forward Prize for best single poem. She was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Nijmegen and has a PhD in the philosophy of language. She was Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University from 2002-2005. Fiona Sampson is internationally recognised for her pioneering residencies in health care and contributes to the Guardian, the Irish Times and other publications. Her translations include Jaan Kaplinski, an anthology of younger Central European poets, and Orient Express, of which she was founding editor. She is the editor of Poetry Review.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon Lombard on 9 Mar. 2012
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but it has its moments! A collection where you can go several pages without finding something to make you stop or think, then one poem where there is such beauty and wonderfully-crafted rhythms that it begs to be read aloud over and over! Through tightly crafted stanzas, Sampson weaves nostalgia and sorrow. It is worth reading the 'nothing special' poems to get to the grit - the real, worthwhile, honest and original poems that remind me why I have returned to this collection again and again.

I would not recommend this as the read of the year - Burnside is that - but a must for fans of Sampson and her lyrical, if inconstant, magic.
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