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The Dow Low Drop: New and Selected Poems Paperback – 1 Aug 1997

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852243406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852243401
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,419,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 2001
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I have a friend who's mad on Roy Fisher, who urged me to buy this book. I'm not sure what I think of him: I don't think he connects with me in the way he does with my friend, but, still, he's impressive. At least he's not a fraud, or talentless, like many poets who are hailed, briefly, as the future. You'll perhaps like his poems if you're bored by Larkin's formality and self-imposed limitations.
It's probably a cliche of criticism to say that Fisher takes his lead from American poets such as William Carlos Williams: Fisher is perhaps still best known for his 1961 sequence _City_, about Birmingham, and which is (like _Paterson_) a mixture of free verse and prose. Fisher, like Williams, has an interest in portraying "unpoetic" reality, usually urban. He's also quite surrealist at times: "After a while the grave got up and walked away." And I suppose he has quite a strong ethical concern as well: one of the more recent poems here is a tongue-in-cheek story of winning riches by founding a poetry competition. The free verse has a flexibility lacking, I find, in much poetry in English from this century, and which I find in American poets (Pound, Williams, O'Hara). Fisher admits in one poem that "There's not much "you" or "me" in my poems".
This book contains selections from most of Fisher's collections, as well as a number of complete works: _City_, _The Ship's Orchestra_ (a surrealist prose work) and _A Furnace_, a sequence from 1986 that some consider his most sustained piece of writing. As usual with Bloodaxe books, it's properly bound and printed on good-quality paper. It has a full index, and the sections are dated, which is good to see in a selected edition.
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