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Matthew Rice "Ricey" (Whitehead, N.Ireland.)
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Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996
Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996
by Seamus Heaney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.19

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly earthy., 8 Jun. 2009
What a collection. A life's work that is still continuing and must be read. Heaney taps into the undergrowth of nature and links it beautifully to our own lives like no other poet. His sonnets "Clearances" are beautiful, and even in one case, humourous. His subjects vary of course, but always with that earthy mood that is so typically Seamus Heaney. As a reader of poetry you must own this book.


The Monster Loves His Labyrinth: Notebooks
The Monster Loves His Labyrinth: Notebooks
by Charles Simic
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.68

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This monster loves THAT labyrinth., 30 April 2009
From the ridiculous to the sublime, from the contemplative to the outright poetic, if you are in anyway into poetry you should really own this book. These notes from one of the best poets around are like little shots of whiskey that leave the chest burning long after the swallow.


The Essential Tales of Chekhov
The Essential Tales of Chekhov
by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading., 30 April 2009
This is a fantastic collection of stories. Richard Ford, a great short story writer in his own right, has chosen well in the twenty he has selected here. Checkov was a major influence on my favorite american writer Raymond Carver, which was reason enough for me to buy this book, but if you value stories about the pleasures and hardships of life told from all angles - even from a dog's point of view in the story "Kashtanka" - you will LOVE this. Standouts for me are "The Kiss", "Kashtanka", "Grasshopper" and "Ward No. 6". Filled with emotion but told with the edge of a cold-eyed onlooker, this collection must be read.


Muzzle The Muse
Muzzle The Muse

5.0 out of 5 stars Proper stuff, 1 Feb. 2009
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Proper music for listeners who have got bored with the bubblegum guff we put up with these days. It's all here, the lyrics, the melody, the passion, and rhythms you can really get your teeth into. Jimmy Brown's voice is angelic with a gruff edge to it which really give the songs character. Under The Sun and Yo-Yo Heart are two stand-out tracks, the latter having one of the best guitar solos I've heard from an unsigned band. Jimmy Brown will be releasing his full album soon because the EP is too good not to get picked up. Irish poet Adrian Rice does a fantastic job on the lyrics, as you might expect, and Jimmy's talent for music and performing are evident from the outset. A real marriage of two great talents.


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