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The Itchy Sea
The Itchy Sea
by Mark Waldron
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Business, 5 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Itchy Sea (Paperback)
If you want to read poems that are actually, radically original, you will find many in this book. Originality is over-claimed, and possibly over valued, (at least when its simply surface novelty), and if read with distraction these poems might come across as whimsical, rococo playthings. But if the reader allows their imagination to take real and firm purchase on the conceit that governs each poem, then a quite extraordinary imaginative landscape opens up, Darien style, and we are transported directly into what has never been described before. His is a Heironymous Bosch like world, and the rewards are similar.


Dances Learned Last Night: Poems, 1975-1995
Dances Learned Last Night: Poems, 1975-1995
by Michael Donaghy
Edition: Paperback

18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 27 Jun 2001
This is a reissue of Donaghy's first two collections, Shibboleth and Errata. With Conjure they make up the entire work. I first came across Errata and came away reeling. He is one of the most exciting poets I've come across, with a combination of metaphisical wit which at is best is the equal to Donne, fantastic rhythms, and great emotion lightly worn. One of the reasons why reading poetry can be a real high point in ones life.


The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You
The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You
by Paul Farley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.32

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 27 Jun 2001
there are several collections of contemporary poetry that should be sent out in capsules to the universe to show how amazing the human imagination can be, and this is one of them. Non poetry readers might find Farley a touch difficult at first, mainly because his angle of approach is characteristically unusual, and he's not keen to give it all away - the reader is asked to do a bit of imagining as well. But he's by no means obscure. Once you tune into his way of seeing things, the book can be read at one sitting, and unusually for any book of poetry, gets very difficult to put down.


The Book of Love
The Book of Love
by Roddy Lumsden
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magic, 27 Jun 2001
This review is from: The Book of Love (Paperback)
One of the freshest and most powerful collections to have come out in recent years. Its not just the wit which Lumsden uses to build line on line, but wit allied with a subtle yet profound delicacy of feeling, which results in poems of great immediacy and presence. A bravura performance, every bit as compelling as Farley's 'the boy from the chemist is here to see you' or Armitages 'Zoom'.


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