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The Dark Film [Paperback]

Paul Farley
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Book Description

12 April 2012
The Dark Film, Paul Farley’s first collection since the highly acclaimed Tramp in Flames, expands the poet’s research into ‘the art of seeing’, and all that humans project of themselves into the world. Farley’s great poetic gift is his ability to switch between the local and the universal, the present and the historical past, with the most apparently effortless of gear changes; he brings to our immediate attention things previously hidden – whether out of sight, in the periphery of our vision, or right under our noses. The Dark Film is a profound meditation on time, on the untold stories of our history, and on the act of human beholding – as well as Farley’s most richly entertaining and rewarding collection to date.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330461230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330461238
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Paul Farley's latest book may be dark by its title and themes, but it is given a redeeming hope in the quality of its prosody, its poetic musicality, and the muscularity of its contemporary images so neatly fused with those of the past.' --Stride

'The Dark Film displays his peculiar talent for viewing ordinary objects - and his Northern upbringing - from unusual angles. Gazing through coloured sweet wrappers in Quality Street enables kids to hype the moment, dye the day and rob the hour.'
--Sunday Telegraph

'Farley elsewhere delves into his 1960s childhood, evoking a world of everyday hardships and consolations. This view of the past is by turns gritty, urban and nostalgic but also, thankfully, broader than his own experience of it, courtesy of historical references and plenty of colour.' --Literary Review

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One of our leading contemporary poets, Paul Farley is also an essayist, critic, dramatist and documentary maker. He is the author of three poetry collections, The Boy From The Chemist Is Here to See You, Ice Age, and most recently Tramp in Flames. Among his many literary awards are a Forward Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Whitbread Poetry Prize and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant collection 23 May 2012
By J. H. Bretts VINE VOICE
This is an extremely accomplished collection of poems,which in many ways reminds me of the work of Philip Larkin.It is (almost) that good. That is because Paul Farley has a real grasp of poetic form and something important to say - and his work is very much located in England as it is now. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The metaphysical given roots... 27 Nov 2012
By G. Horn
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This is a beautiful collection by one of the finest contemporary poets of the day, and it wholly deserves to win the T S Eliot prize this year. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orgasmic 8 Nov 2012
Whilst reading this collection of poetry I had an experience that I haven't had since being a teenager on ecstasy. I actually came in my pants.
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