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Soft Sift (Faber Poetry) [Paperback]

Mark Ford
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8 May 2001 Faber Poetry
A collection of poems that exhibit enormous casual elegance of mind and style, at the same time being friendly, touching and funny.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (8 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571207812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571207817
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,035,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We are pleased to announce the publication of eleven more titles into the new typographic look. The specifications for the books are high -beautifully produced, they all have flaps and are sewn and printed in Italy. The latest batch represents some of the core titles of the backlist (Philip Larkin's Collected Poems, Ted Hughes's New Selected Poems, James Joyce's Poems and Shorter Writings) along with key, single volumes that should be part of any poetry lover's library (and whose reissue, in the form in which they were first published, will give a whole new generation the pleasure of coming to the books as original readers).

About the Author

Mark Ford was born in 1962. He has published two previous collections of poetry, Landlocked (Chatto & Windus, 1992) and Soft Sift (Faber, 2001). He is also the author of a critical biography of Raymond Roussel (Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams (Faber, 2000), and a collection of essays, A Driftwood Altar (Waywiser Press, 2005). A second volume of critical pieces, Mr and Mrs Stevens and Other Essays, will be published in May of 2011, as will his translation of Raymond Roussel's Nouvelles Impressions d'Afrique. He teaches in the English Department at University College London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars weird & sometimes wonderful 5 April 2003
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i bought this book in 2001 while i was travelling through ireland and hated it at first. i think i was offended by the title--ripping off one of my favotite hopkins passages like that seemed needlessly showy. but when i saw that "soft sift" has recently been given a u.s. release by harcourt, i decided to give it another try--and i now find myself strangely charmed by it. i see nothing in it to justify calling mark ford an american philip larkin (larkin himself, i'm sure, would not appreciate the comparison), but to call him an english john ashbery is not all wrong. thing is, i've never been much of an ashbery fan, but i'm loving mark ford. they share a postmodern sensibility, i guess: that sense of the isolation of own's own existence, but the implacability of ford's disjointed imagery is somehow more appealing, and you enjoy the process of reading his poems even as they seem totally incomprehensible. they offer flashes of ordinary life--sometimes more vivid than their language seems to deserve--of what eliot called "the boredom, and the horror, and the glory."
if you like mark ford's work, you may also enjoy the american poet forrest gander.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly unknown poet 13 April 2014
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Mark Ford is very influenced by John Ashbery, in a good way. He's very exciting with language, and this collection was a powerful discovery for me.
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This is an excellent collection of poetry. The poems have a quality rarely encountered . I would thoroughly recommend it.
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