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Selected Poems [Paperback]

Sheenagh Pugh
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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Seren (23 Feb 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854110292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854110299
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A strong collection of poetry makes up Sheenagh Pugh's Selected Poems.

The collection of course includes the award-winning M.S.A. and Intercity Lullaby, both highly credible poems, alongside the personal favourites from the collection "Earth Studies" (for which one must understand the context!) for example my favourite line spoken from the narrative voice of her character Christie, the professor of Earth Studies; "If you really want to know what I think about heaven, the truth is I think I lived there." - another poem I would look out for is entitled "Quetzals only come once".

A previous reviewer refers to "Sometimes" as a poem of hope; I would quickly refute this as Pugh intended the poem to be one of sadness and bitterness and a wish for what will not usually be so..! Not that poetry is not open to interpretation, and indeed, much of hers is very much open to that interpretation of every individual and his or her experience, heritage and background.

Pugh deals primarily with the issues of climate change, the use of language, and also deals with issues such as the Holocaust and alienation. I recommend the book highly and certainly advise a poetry fan to purchase it.

For those who are thinking of buying this book or have enjoyed Pugh's poetry, I would quietly point a reader to Carol Ann Duffy, our Poet Laureates books, particularly The Other Country or her Selected Poem collection..!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wide-ranging, joyful collection 10 Sep 2004
There are all sorts of ways to discover new poets. I found Pugh on a "Poems on the Undergound" poster. "Sometimes" was a wonderful meditation on hope, imbued with a bright sense of optimism, like a happy Larkin.

In this collection there are many other joys. I particulary liked "Intercity Lullaby", as the poet contemplates two football supporters sleeping on a train with something approaching maternal feeling.

Elsewhere snooker, zoos and gardening provide inspiration. Pugh is thoughtful and surprising in her unpredictability. There is scant repetition either as a literary device or in subject matter.

As the cover blurb says, "Poetry is such a rare event it is a surprise to find it bursting out all over".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, moving, spot on. 31 Mar 2014
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An excellent selection of poems. Some are clearly political, others moving. I love the way she picks an obscure character or event from history and gives it a voice.
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beautiful sensitive poetry....I bought it because of 'sometimes' being a favourite of mine and I wanted to read more of her poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry 23 Nov 2013
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The poems are very emotional and there are different subjects and I really love reading this book. I keep reading them over and over again and still I am amazed by the author's capture of different emotions.
A really good, inexpensive read that is a must have.
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