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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (1 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852247010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852247010
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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roy fisher has published over 30 poetry books, and has been the subject of numerous critical essays and several studies, including The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Essays on the Poetry of Roy Fisher, edited by Peter Robinson and John Kerrigan (Liverpool University Press, 2000). Born in 1930 in Handsworth, Birmingham, he retired as Senior Lecturer in American Studies from Keele University in 1982. He is a freelance writer and jazz musician, and lives in Derbyshire. Fisher's poetry is most often associated with the post-industrial landscape of his native English Midlands, but his work is universal in its appeal.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Timbers on 29 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
Roy Fisher is an experimental poet who celebrates the over-sized urban landscape of Birmingham and the life that managed to thrive there, over many years of the city's continual re-making of itself. Although some of his poems are difficult to follow, many are immediate and vivid; he is also very funny at times. He is a genuine original.

With Ted Hughes, Peter Porter, Chales Tomlinson and Geoffrey Hill, he is arguably one of the best British poets to have emerged after the Movement (well, I know Porter was also Australian, but he was at the centre of the postwar London poetry scene from 1960 to his death in 2010).

This is an essential volume for anyone interested in contemporary poetry. The new Bloodaxe edition has a better frontcover and incorporates his latest volume, 'Standard Midland'.
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 24 Jan. 2011
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I ordered this on Dec 8, as a present for my elderly mother who was taught by Roy Fisher and is a great fan.
After one email saying it was not going to arrive in time for Christmas, I have heard nothing. I can't find any way to contact the seller.
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