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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; First Edition edition (3 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224075179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224075176
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Burnside has published seven works of fiction and eleven collections of poetry, including his Selected Poems, published by Cape in 2006. His memoir, A Lie About My Father, was published in the same year to enormous critical acclaim, and was chosen as the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year.

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The stunning new collection from the winner of the Whitbread Poetry Award.

About the Author

John Burnside has published eight previous books of poetry: The hoop, Common Knowledge, Feast Days, The Myth of the Twin, Swimming in the Flood, A Normal Skin, The Asylum Dance and most recently, The Light Trap, which was shortlisted for the 2002 T.S Eliot Prize. The Asylum Dance won the 2000 Whitbread Poetry Award and was shortlisted for both the Forward and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has also published four novels, The Dumb House, The Mercy Boys, which was joint winner of the 1999 Encore Award, The Locust Room, Living Nowhere and a book of stories, Burning Elvis. He was born in 1955 and now lives in Fife with his wife and son.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on 7 Aug. 2011
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I must say I struggle with Burnside - am I reading all the wrong volumes (The Hoop, Swimming in the Flood)? - but hey, whadda I know? Here Burnside seems to inhabit a world that's all but vanished - 'a paper boy, the milkman on his rounds', 'stepping outside in the dark...to fetch the coal'; his neighbour's landlord's a spiv, indeed 'a lickspittle spiv/in a flat tweed cap'* (we are talking 2005!) He worries away at the word soul, a contentless concept without a dogma to support it, a tenuous *substitute* for emotion or idea**, of which the 'poetic' should always be a byproduct. One almost finds oneself wishing for 'Meditation in a Traffic Jam' or 'On Stubbing my Toe'. And what on earth is Cy Twombly doing dans cette galère - that same, exceedingly twombly Cy whose daubs, to Roland Barthes, 'bore the erotic redolence of some crumpled pair of pants discarded by a rent-boy', according to Julian Bell in the Guardian. Ahimè, time was when it was Rothko who was the signifier of cool and repository of the ineffable! Fellow Scot Iain Bamforth on Joseph Beuys (A Place in the World, 2005), now that's the real deal; but he is (a) married to a German and (b) an MD; no Mystic Meg he - though when he essays that mode (By Further Knowing) he's pretty stunning ('each gravid cyst unloads its brusque apostles')

But that's just the personal half ('Here'); though the pious pomposity of Baudrillard doesn't augur well, the turismo half ('There') is both more concrete and more thought-freighted - because it is 'grounded' it can take off - and the collection thereby gains a star

*Actually, this (Haar) is one of the better poems - and he has to 'walk back from town with the milk and a paper'!
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