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Standard Midland
Standard Midland

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for lightweights, 2 April 2011
This review is from: Standard Midland (Kindle Edition)
Roy Fisher is not a public poet, nor is he a doorway into poetry. If you have only skimmed the surface of contemporary poetry, or are intrigued by the recommendations of his many fans within the poetry community, be warned that these poems aren't going to work for you. You have to work to get to them. Like the midland landscapes he evokes, these poems show an indifference to the reader, there is no easy moral, no homely summation, no Heaney-esque tone of consolation to counter-balance the impersonal images. However, for the careful reader and the reader that is ready to read a poem many times and find it slightly different on each occasion, there are many rewards to be had. In some poems Fisher pulls off that cinematic panning effect that has had such a heavy influence on August Kleinzahler and many others. There is also a sharp, pithy humour on display in shorter poems such as the title poem and his spare, subtle elegy to his son. To top it all off there is a poem about a dancing Neanderthal which is right up my alley, maybe not yours. This may be a slim volume, but this is because the poems demand careful reading, and many readings of them. Not many poets are writing their best material, still innovating stylistically and not afraid to be difficult in their eighties. Roy Fisher is all that and more, let's not expect him to be nice about it.

John Keats: The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics)
John Keats: The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics)
by John Barnard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Defintive edition- terrible conversion, 5 Mar 2011
This review is for the kindle version of the book. One would think that Penguin might have put a minimum of effort into adapting such a seminal text for their kindle classics collection. However this looks as if they've taken the pdf and run it through a run of the mill generator. The biggest howler is that there is no table of contents, so you will have to use the search function or simply go from page to page until you find the poem you want. The second big problem with the conversion is that the poems are tabbed in such a way that the lines start off almost a quarter of the way across the page. So when viewing in the standard portrait mode most of the lines are cut off before their natural breaks.

I spent 9.99 hoping for a definitive, well put together collection of one of the greatest ever poets, only to end up with an ebook that I might as well have downloaded from Project Gutenberg for free. Much has been written about problems with poetry and ebook readers, but many independent publishers have paid attention to these issues and brought out beautiful poetry ebooks that are a pleasure to read. One would think that, considering the price, Penguin would have put as much thought in when bringing Keats to Kindle. Don't be fooled by the price, this is not a premium ebook, it is a cynical attempt by Penguin to demand more money than the paperback cover price while putting zero effort into the Kindle conversion. Buy the paperback or download a free or budget version.
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