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Twelve: Slanted Poems for Christmas [Pamphlet]

Bobby Parker , Ira Lightman , Penelope Shuttle , Julia Webb , Luke Wright , Moniza Alvi , Carrie Etter , Bethany W Pope , Andrea Holland , Tim Turnbull , W N Herbert , Georges Szirtes , Helen Ivory , Kate Birch
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Book Description

1 Nov 2013
Since 2007, UK based webzine Ink Sweat & Tears has been publishing and reviewing poetry, prose, prose-poetry, word & image pieces and everything in between. TWELVE has been inspired by IS&T's annual Twelve Days of Christmas feature where we issue a general invite to submit works with a Christmas connection. What has always struck us about the variety of excellent submissions we receive is that they inevitably embody a skewed response to the season. So we decided to approach a group of leading contemporary UK poets whom we very much admired for their slanted viewpoint with the idea of putting together a festive volume of shiny new poems. Now let us present to you . . . contemporary scenes of domestic gothic; of family tenderness and detachment; of a green jelly tsunami engulfing a tinseled high street. It snows, bankers gorge on chocolate coins and the Salvation Army fights to play in time. This is not the advertised Christmas.

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  • Pamphlet: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Ink Sweat & Tears Press (1 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992725305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992725303
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,366,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful thing, terrific poems 23 Nov 2013
This pamphlet is a beautiful thing. I spent a long time looking at and touching it before reading the poems, and now is sits on my coffee table so I can look at it everyday. The cover image is a photograph of an assemblage by co-editor Helen Ivory - a slanted image of a Christmas angel with a blackbird's wings, its cloth arms, with one hand missing, stitched to a doll's head and shoulders. The endpapers are gorgeous, too, but on to the poems.

Ira Lightman reminds us that "there is nothing new / on Christmas morning", except that the narrator can connect with a "viewer", and take on the cooking of Christmas dinner with "cybergloves". There is a striking juxtaposition of the distance of the screen and the emotional connections usually associated with human contact: "remote-controlling, replicating love."

There are touching Christmas morning scenes. Luke Wright shares the wonder of his child "watching seconds tick" on his new watch; Julia Webb's 'Broken' begins, "At Christmas Sun Daddy started smashing glass", and ends "with his head on the kitchen table. // The room glittered all around. Moniza Alvi offers 'Angels', care workers in the "Dementia Wing". Bethany W Pope brings a loose sonnet about living in a tree 'In The Bleak Midwinter', with "poetry, a Bible, a lung / that ached with infection."

George Szirtes' sonnet provides a fitting closure to the pamphlet: 'The Norwich Version' of the Twelve Days of Christmas, which ends "there was just a pear tree left with Alan Partridge in it.'

Send this to the one you love at Christmas. It beats a partridge in a pear tree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for Christmas 23 Nov 2013
This gorgeous pamphlet with sturdy covers is the ideal inexpensive gift for someone who is tired of all the normal Christmas bonhomie. These twelve poems offer a different view. A darker more complex view from some poets is offset by a feel good poem from Luke Wright, about his small son opening gifts, though there is a carpe diem sting in the tail. Poems from the likes of George Szirtes and Penelope Shuttle, Moniza Alvi and Ira Lightman - what's not to like?
As this little book is new out, you can pretty much guarantee that your poetry loving friends and family will not already have a copy, an ideal answer to those dfficult to buy for book lovers because you don't know what they have. Funny, dark and rich, a bt like Christmas cake ( well two out of three of those anyway for the cake; unless you can ice amusingly).
Even the cover is 'slanted'. it's a piece of art by Helen Ivory, one of the editors.
The pamphlet reminds me of the lovely Candlestick Press pamphlets but a darker version, by some of our best contemporary poets.
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