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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844718247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844718245
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spiritual teacher & writer John Siddique's work stems from his practice of living authentically from what he calls 'The heart within the heart.' He is described by The Spectator Magazine as 'A Stellar British Poet,' and 'The Times of India calls him 'Rebellious by nature, pure at heart.' He is the author of Full Blood, Recital - An Almanac, Poems From A Northern Soul, and The Prize. His poetry collection Don't Wear It On Your Head is a perennial favourite with younger readers. He is the co-author of the story/memoir Four Fathers.

His poems, essays and articles have featured in Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review, The Rialto and on BBC Radio 4. Acclaimed novelist Bina Shah says he is 'One of the best poets of our generation.' Jackie Kay speaks of Siddique's writing as being 'A brilliant balancing act.'

The Times describes Full Blood as 'Technically virtuosic, yet direct and sensual,' and Dawn - Books & Authors says his work is 'Bold as love... Each word is to be savoured like a sip of forbidden wine.' Professor Lauri Ramey of CSULA calls Recital 'One of the most important British poetry books of the last twenty years.'

Siddique is well known for his authentic style, his captivating readings, and his infectious love of literature. He a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at York St. John University. John is the former British Council Writer-in-Residence at California State University - Los Angeles, and he holds the title of Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at Leicester University.

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Siddique's new poetry collection contains powerful reflections on love, loss, war, peace and alternative modes of living for these days of financial and political turmoil. In one sequence, The Knife, he discusses racism in northern England; in another, Reclaiming the Body, love and sex are described with tender honesty. Technically virtuosic yet direct and sensual, this is a collection I keep returning to. -- Claire Chambers Times Higher Education Supplement

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John Siddique was born in 1964. His discovery of his local library when young began his life-long love affair with what words mean and how they sit together. He is the bestselling author of Recital - An Almanac, Poems From A Northern Soul, The Prize and now Full Blood. He is the co-author of the story/memoir Four Fathers. He has contributed poems, stories, essays and articles to many publications, including Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review, and The Rialto.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denis Joe on 8 July 2012
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Full Blood is one of the most exciting collections of British poetry I've come across in the last few years. John Siddique stands apart from the much of the poetry scene in Britain that, with a few exceptions, seems to be dominated by crude confessionalism and even cruder moralism. Here Siddique presents us with poems that call on his life for inspiration. Whether about childhood or adulthood, Siddique's poems draw you into experiences rather than places in time.

Whilst it appears that Siddique is telling us his own story, he uses many voices to do so. This approach puts me in mind of the great American Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff (1894 - 1976). The basic tenets of Objectivist poetics as defined by Louis Zukofsky were to treat the poem as an object, and to emphasise sincerity, intelligence, and the poet's ability to look clearly at the world. Reznikoff's works drew on his own personal experiences, yet they went beyond mere autobiography. The `sincerity' that Zukofsky spoke of should not be confused with the Romantic concept of `truth', in which the artist was expected to present his version of truth about the world almost as beautified fact. The `sincerity' of the Objectivists was a commitment to the poetry as an object, to be appreciated as a poem.

John Siddique fulfills this definition, though one gets the impression with each work that it does not want to stay in the same world, that it wishes to keep moving ahead: finding new expressions and new voices to convey the poetry to the world. Full Blood is an outstanding collection that displays all that is great and exciting about the art of poetry. John Siddique is disciplined without being distant, and intimate without being dogmatically self-referential. He stands as one of today's finest poets and one that serves as an example to others (including the `big names') of how the art of poetry should be approached.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jun. 2012
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Full Blood is an anthology of poetry, previously published in an assortment of magazines, poetry journals & shared anthologies (Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review, & The Rialto), before being collated in this work. The subject matter is as wide and as varied as life can be in our times and is encapsulated by the poem above, which even when it wants to discuss one subject it can't help bringing in others. So the poetry runs through subjects such as the War (Afghanistan), Childhood, Racism, sex etc.

In the official bumf for this collection it states that, "Full Blood is John Siddique's fourth full-length collection of poems for adults. Erotic, physical, completely open and fully engaged with the moral urgency of life, Siddique tackles his themes robustly and yet with great sensitivity, constantly defining and reimagining what it is to be a man in today's world, living fully in the moment".

All of which makes sense and is a fitting description of this book, this is muscular erotic poetry, the writing is beautiful as only someone who loves language - whatever it's shape, whether fey or concrete, whether spiritual or something more bloodied, visceral can write. John Siddique has said that he regards his true countries of birth to be Literature & Language, this I can believe, but it isn't what I want to say. What I want to say is that sometimes all those wonderful descriptions, all that verbosity etc., although by its very nature is wonderful, just gets in the way and all that really needs saying is...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wordlover on 18 April 2011
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John Siddique's poetry is raw, visceral and sexy. Unlike many contemporary UK poets, who use irony and allusion to get their point across, he wears his heart on his sleeve. Siddique invites us not to turn away, but to bear witness, to get angry - at war, hypocrisy, cruelty. His poem sequence 'The Knife' uses extraordinary imagery to take us into his own past, into the world of a mixed-race teenager in Rochdale, where NF youths terrorised and controlled the streets; 'their fire is wet as napalm on the lips.' This collection takes us from Rochdale to India, from Mytholmroyd, Blackpool and Filey to Afghanistan. And the love poetry is joyfully frank and unfettered, a celebration of the body and the spirit.
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