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View Points and Points of View: A 'Phoetry Book' from Cornwall [Hardcover]

Clive Blake , Chris Robbins , Adrian Blake
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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Emu House Publications (6 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956072402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956072405
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 21.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Blake (full name Clive Arthur Blake) was born 30th January 1954.
Clive has said that, "I was born, bred, watered and fed in Cornwall. I have always lived in the heart of Cornwall and Cornwall has always lived in my heart." Clive's father was A R J Rowse and mother was L J Rowse. Clive changed his surname to his mother's maiden name when his father and mother divorced.

Clive is best known as a poet and performance poet, but has also written plays and pantomimes, enjoys acting and presents a regular radio show on CHBN (Community & Hospital Broadcasting Network), along with his wife Stephanie. Their Rado Show is called "Take a break with Blake and Blake".

He is credited with inventing the word 'Phoetry' in 1994. He describes phoetry as a fusion of poetry and photography. He is also credited with inventing the word 'Visoetry' in 2005. He describes visoetry as illustrative visual poetry other than phoetry. He has produced a book of phoetry titled "View Points and Points of View". This is a collaborative project with Cornish photographer Chris Robbins. He is presently working on a follow up book to this to be titled, "View Point and Points of View Too ..." He is also working on a book of visoetry in conjunction with his son Adrian Blake.

Clive is very proud of his Celtic roots and credits much of his creativity to his Celtic genes. Channel 4's 'The Face of Britain' TV programmes used Clive's face to best illustrate the facial features of a Celt.

Any distant family tree connections with A L Rowse, the famous Cornish historian and poet, or William Blake the famous poet and painter have never been fully researched. Both the surnames Rowse and Blake hold such very strong literary connotations, that perhaps it was inevitable that Clive would pick up a pen with serious intent at some stage in his life.

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This book IS Suitable for, and loved by, all ages.
Makes an ideal Christmas gift.

Has had brilliant reader reviews on sites such as, and equally brilliant reviews from newspapers, magazines, radio stations etc.
The latest review is on the Autumn Newsletter of the London Cornish Assoc.

Clive Blake comes from John Betjeman country and Chris Robbins comes from Charles Causley country.
William Blake is one of the countries best loved poets and this book aspires to add a contemporary slant to this Blake legacy.
Clive is a 'Goodreads Author'. You can find out more about Chris, the photographer, on his site.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A special view... 15 Oct 2009
I was sent this book to review and realised, as soon as I opened it, that it was something very special. Its Cornish authors describe it as `a Phoetry Book'. They define 'phoetry' as `a fusion of Poetry and Photography'and this book is an excellent example. It provides a perfect blending of words and pictures to convey its messages - some happy and some sad. While some - such as `Required no more' which deals with redundancy are very emotive, especially in these hard times, there is lots of humour to cheer you up. One of my favourites is `Chris and Alice', a poem about two caterpillars who describe themselves as `pillers of Socie-eat-he'. As for the photograph which accompanies this poem, I can't imagine how long Chris Robbins must have waited for those `pillers' to pose for such an amazing shot!

The book's creativity is not stifled by normal conventions: the first poem is called `The End' and, in some of the poems, text is used in very original ways.

This book is ideal for dipping into again and again. It is enjoyable and thought provoking and would make a lovely present.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'punnier' side of life 10 July 2009
I loved this book, an amalgam of poetry and photography, beautifully and cleverly blended together to give the reader pleasure on many levels.
It is filled with thoughts and images to ponder on over and over again, or just to pick up and enjoy at face value.
It will appeal to all ages - my grandchildren have enjoyed it as has my 97 year old mother.
It is modestly priced, I have found it makes a splendid present.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I love this book, it's beautiful quality, glossy pages and brilliant photography compliment the wonderful poetry which is thought provoking, funny,easy to read, down to earth and highly enjoyable. I really feel I'm on the same wavelength as the poet and find myself agreeing with what he's written, such as the poem "To have and to Hold" which is about prefering a good book that you can hold to all the latest trends and multi media bombardment, and "Required No More" which is very apt in these "credit cruch" times and is written with one half of the poem depressing about being no longer required as if you've been made redundant but the 2nd half is cheerful about exploring new options etc. I identified with this book a lot, It's funny, sensitive and I highly recommend it!

Review by Juliette Westbrook-Finch, author of The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is the most wonderful book. It's full of the most poignant, funny and moving poems complimented by fabulous photos. Clive Blake & Chris Robins work together so well on every page. The poems have you laughing out loud one minute and in the next minute you are wiping a tear from your eye. I really recommend this book to anyone young or old. In fact, I have bought copies for many friends and family members now and they have all been delighted with it. If every you are stuck for a present, you can't go wrong with this book and it's such a reasonable price. It's a real bargain price, should be much more expensive for the contents it holds. It's the sort of book that sits on your shelf and is regularly taken down for another read. Go on, don't delay - buy it today! I can't wait for the next one!!! Come on Clive and Chris - get creating again, please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargin! 7 July 2009
By Ross
A most interesting take on the world. Makes for a both enjoyable and thought provoking read. The author has a unique way with words and to match that to some first class photos was an ingenious idea.

A friend of mine had this book on their coffee table. I read a few pages (actually quite a few) but didn't get chance to finish it. I liked it so much that I decided to buy my own copy. Something I don't usually do. But as the price was so reasonable for such a beautifully put together book I decided what the hell.

In a nutshell. This makes a perfect present for anyone. I'm not into 'poetry' books but this really is something different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Supreb and Beautiful 19 July 2009
This is quite simply a very beautiful book full of some wonderful photography and spledid contemporay verse. I would recommend this book to anyone and if they are not delighted well...that's down to you! When is the sequel coming??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Photography 19 July 2009
The wonderful photographs by Chris Robbins are magical and accomplished on their own, even if you do not usually buy books of verse. For the very reasonable cost of this book, you get both. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phoetry 22 Jun 2009
What a book! the photo's fit the poems perfectly such a good coffee table book to read, once you start you can't stop. I have bought several books for presents
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is a very enjoyable read with a great selection of poems, the photographs are very good and the book is popular with visitors.
Published on 2 April 2012 by Reviewer from Devon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant well designed book.
What a wonderfully put together book, I am so glad I ordered it, friends and family have all enjoyed it - of all ages. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2010 by Mr. Ryan J. G. Blewett
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, humorous, profound and thought provoking.
This hardback book contains 1 poem and 1 colour photograph on each page, sometimes the photo goes over 2 pages, it's beautifully laid oout and is a lovely good quality book. Read more
Published on 23 May 2010 by An Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars View Points and Points of View.
It's a good book to keep going back to.
A good combination of poems and photographs.
One to recommend.
When's the next one out?
Published on 23 Mar 2010 by Dawn S
5.0 out of 5 stars Points of View and View Points
This book is just amazing, it combines beautiful photography and quite brilliant and in some cases "off the wall" poetry. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2009 by Mrs. J. Starkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photos,great poems.
Read it once, put it on the coffee table and you'll always be dipping into it! The photos match the words.....some sad, some funny and others thought provoking. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2009 by Mrs. Cynthia Jenkin
5.0 out of 5 stars best fun read
One the most enjoyable poetry books with photos I have come across ever!!!

I would recommend this book to anyone especially for a Christmas or birthday gift.
Published on 27 Nov 2009 by susie bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!
The book is beautiful, it' perfect for the coffee table, and every one comments on it when they visit. A few of my friends also bought the book, I should be on commission! Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2009 by R. Blewett
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I agree with the review from Mrs M Cole
It's a good read and ideal for dipping into.
Published on 20 Oct 2009 by chocman
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome read for simple minds (like mine). 5 out of 5!
Not a big fan of poetry.. but this was placed near the toilet and proved to be a riveting read... much to the displeasure of those waiting to use the facilities!
Published on 14 Oct 2009 by A. Reid
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