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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224078038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224078030
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Burnside has published seven works of fiction and eleven collections of poetry, including his Selected Poems, published by Cape in 2006. His memoir, A Lie About My Father, was published in the same year to enormous critical acclaim, and was chosen as the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year.

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"If genius is operating anywhere in English poetry at present, I feel it is here, in Burnside's singular music" (Adam Thorpe Observer)

"A stunningly good writer of poetry and fiction" (Independent)

"One of the most outstandingly gifted poets in Britain. He, like one of his subjects, is 'turned into the plainsong of the stars'" (Scotsman)

"Burnside has a stillness and emotional restraint, a respect for the observer and observed alike which is serious, exemplary and rare" (Times Literary Supplement)

"I love the way John Burnside looks at the world. He doesn't just look: he watches. He sees into the secret spaces that lie somewhere between the hidden and the revealed... [He] crafts a poetry as precise in its detail, as subtle in its perceptions, as respectful in its attentions as the blade of a brain surgeon's scalpel" (Rachel Campbell-Johnston The Times)

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'One of the most serious and authoritative voices in contemporary British poetry' - Guardian

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paracelsus1966 on 13 Mar. 2006
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If you're new to John Burnside's work, this is a good a place as any to start. 20 of the 36 poems in this Selected Poems are from collections that are out of print (Common Knowledge, Feast Days, The Myth of the Twin, Swimming in the Flood and A Normal Skin), so it's also useful if you're already a fan of John's work and are missing some of these collections.
If you like the pieces in this book, then you should check out his Whitbread Prize-winning collection, The Asylum Dance from 2000, and the marvellous (and out of print) 1994 collection The Myth of the Twin.
John Burnside is one of our few truly necessary poets - who is doing something both vital and important - and this is a good summation of his work to date. Highly Recommended.
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Poetry never really appealed to me, but this writer has changed my mind. He is a wonderful wordsmith. His novels led me to this, a gift for a dear friend, and it is a wonderful book - buy it!
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An excellent collection of poetry to supplement his recent volume "All One Breath". I found the poem "The Last Man to speak UBYKH" particularly poignant.
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