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5.0 out of 5 stars [mystifying], 19 May 2007
This review is from: Grandchildren of Albion: An Illustrated Anthology of Voices and Visions of Younger Poets in Britain (Paperback)
How does a book of poetry and song lyrics featuring Paul Weller, Billy Bragg, Peter Gabriel, Benjamin Zephaniah, John Cooper Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Ben Okri, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Galliano (as in the band), and Attila the Stockbroker manage to lay forgotten and ignored for so long? It's truly criminal, considering the amount of dross that gets reprinted every year.

This is an amazing, inspiring book, sequel to the equally brilliant 'Children of Albion' produced twenty years earlier. This book got me into poetry at a time when I was pretty bored of most of it (as a teenager at school). The variety and invention on display here rivals The Rattle Bag (edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes), but perhaps not the scope.

Many poems are easy to read, there are witty and clever illustrations throughout, and the poems are all about real life rather than the 'tea on the lawn' type stuff that you get fed at school. There is a punk feeling to the book, much as there was a jazz feeling to 'Children of Albion'; a joyous, youthful exuberance and embracing of life, while kicking back with anger against the bad parts of the modern world.

If you love poetry, buy it to enhance your collection with some undiscovered gems, and if you don't like or don't 'get' poetry, get it to shut up people who keep telling you to read some, and prove to them it doesn't have to be by dead people to provide meaning and enjoyment (quite the reverse).

At the back of the book is a biography for each poet, helpful and informative, and often funny and enlightening. This is a thoughtful, passionate book that should get reprinted IMMEDIATELY! Anything by Michael Horovitz (Pop! and Pow! anthologies particularly) is worth tracking down. The man has amazing taste and knowledge, and should be up there with Ted Hughes, Roger McGough, et al as one of the most important editors of modern poetry.

You will NOT be disappointed.
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