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Stanza Stones [Hardcover]

Simon Armitage , Pip Hall , Tom Lonsdale
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1 Oct 2013
The newly drawn Stanza Stones Trail runs through forty-seven miles of the Pennine region, some of the most strikingly varied landscape in the world. The terrain bears the deep scars of industrial exploitation, as well as those less obvious: the signs left by a hundred local generations are carved into the region's abounding rocks. Simon Armitage was born and raised here, in the village of Marsden, and in 2012 he was commissioned through the Ilkley Literature Festival to write site-specific poetry. Armitage composed six new poems on his Pennine walks and, with the help of local expert Tom Lonsdale and letter-carver Pip Hall, found extraordinary, secluded sites and saw his words carved into stone. This book is a record of that journey, containing the poems and the accounts of Lonsdale and Hall. The many layers of stone and sediment found beneath the surface of the rock reflect the drama of the landscape itself. Covered in decades of industrial soot and grime, the colours released by the carver's tools will likely never return to shades of black and grey, but become a small reminder of the changes that our natural environment undergoes, and the marks, small and large, of humankind.

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  • Hardcover: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Enitharmon Press (1 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907587306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907587306
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Armitage lives in Yorkshire, has taught at universities in this country and the United States, and is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He has published nine full-length collections of poetry, including Selected Poems and Seeing Stars, as well as notable translations of medieval verse including Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He has published two novels and three works of non-fiction; Walking Home - the prose account of his walk along the Pennine Way as a latter-day troubadour - was a Sunday Times bestseller. Armitage also writes extensively for radio, television and film, is a regular broadcaster and presenter with the BBC, is the lyricist and singer with the band the Scaremongers, and has written several theatre pieces including dramatisations of both the Odyssey and the Iliad. He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, most recently the Keats-Shelley Prize and the Cholmondeley Award, and in 2010 was honoured with the CBE for services to poetry.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasing idea, set in stone 2 Jun 2014
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As I live close to these stones, I thought it would be good to read about their origin and creation. The story is fine, but the print quality of the photos lets the book down. Given that these sculptures are "visual" this shortcoming is a pity. Hence the 3 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry and walking..... 23 Feb 2014
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If you live in the Pennines, or are planning a visit, this book provides the perfect way to spend a few hours walking to find the stones. Each stone has one Simon's poems on it, and they perfectly fit into their surroundings. Our kids enjoy the fun of finding the stones. The book doesn't have maps, but there is a website where they can be downloaded for free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a project! 22 Jan 2014
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The poems, the stone carving, the organisation of the venture, a wonderful record of a landscape art project by Simon Armitage, the poet, Pip Hall the carver and Tom Lonsdale, the organiser.
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