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The Universal Home Doctor [Kindle Edition]

Simon Armitage
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'Armitage creates a muscular but elegant language of his own out of slangy, youthful, up-to-the-minute jargon and the vernacular of his native northern England. He combines this with an easily worn erudition, plenty of nous and the benefit of unblinkered experience to produce poems of moving originality.' Sunday Times

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As the title implies, Simon Armitage's flesh-and-blood account of numerous personal journeys reads like a private encyclopaedia of emotion and health. Vivid and engaged, the poems range from the rainforests of South America to the deserts of Western Australia, but are set against the ultimate and most intimate of all landscapes, the human body. Equally, the body politic comes into question, through subtle enquiries into Englishness and the idea of home.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 144 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry (25 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EPXX9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #516,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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To be honest giving marks out of five for poetry is fairly pointless; poetry's the most subjective thing there is.
There are thirty-five poems in this volume, on a variety of themes, some of which have eluded me. The ones I can make out involve travel to the rainforest (and all the attendant inoculations required), an attack on the patrons of the arts, and an awful lot of decorating. I have no idea what Simon Armitage has against Pampas Grass, but I wouldn’t like to be around to find out.
Of the ones I particularly like, “The Straight and Narrow” is a nice short poem about careers advisors, while my favourite in the book is probably “Butterflies” about the urge to drive as fast as possible over humpbacked-bridge type hill tops. Close to that is “The Wood for the Trees” a rain-forest poem with some lovely words evocating childhood night-terrors. While most of the poems are personal in scope, “The Twang” put into words things I’ve long felt about March the 17th.
I read the whole book through to my wife, and we never felt like skipping a poem, and even had the urge to repeat a couple straight away.
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