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5.0 out of 5 stars It minds you what poetry is for!, 2 Sept. 2009
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Tony Dougan (South East UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nigh-No-Place (Paperback)
Jen Hadfield is the youngest poet ever to win the T S Eliot Prize. She is mightily gifted and has a voice that melts the legs and caused a mild palpation in this gentleman's chest! Hear her read on the magnificent Poetry Archive-(Very well done indeed Andrew Motion). 'Nigh-No-Place,' her second collection reeks of the harbour-smells of Scottish islands-those God-droppings set in sapphire seas. Shetland in particular forms her muse and thank the Gods for poets who actually love the land, who love her fiercely and passionately. The landscapes of city-dwelling poems are mute by comparison. There is a lilting thread that gently weaves a skein through all these poems. Language used like brushes of gentle light to articulate the moods of weather, the blashy-wadder, the inner moods. Here sheep and cats and dogs are characters as much as people. There is a refreshing sincerity in Jen's poems. When I went back to my own work I was struck by my poetry's gravitas, its metropolitan disdain or pehaps the frown it wears as it looks around for victims (I mean subjects!)... Ahem. Jen's poems have none of that-they are indeed fresh, open and full of youth's yearning outwards to the world. My favourite was "Odysseus and the Sou'wester". My favourite line-"The heron like a sickle reaps an Iron-Age sun." I wish her well in what promises to be a very fruitful career.
Buy the book and read it slowly rolling the words inside your skull as you would a good wine in your mouth. There's iodine from the seaweed gathering in your nostrils as you read this verse. Sit with it and carry the poems around for a few days. There's a waft of Lagavulin here. These poems take you back to what really matters-they mind you what poetry's for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful, 15 Feb. 2011
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Jen Hadfield brings the experience of living in a remote place and community in Scotland vividly to life. This made homesick for the Isles. It is poetry that anyone could read and be swept away by. This is a wonderful little book. Her voice is completely hers, completely authentic, and completely Scottish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous collection, 15 Mar. 2014
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First class poems: original, vivid, full of delicious sound effects and brilliantly unexpected imagery; fascinating dialectal vocabulary that is positively delicious to roll round your mouth; continuously original subject matter; a very attractive personal voice and a sure grip of poetic techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!, 3 April 2013
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I had the pleasure of meeting Jen Hadfield at the Arvon creative writing course at Totleigh Barton, Dartmoor. I just had to buy her book and was absolutely overjoyed when it arrived. Beautiful and inspiring poetry which will be read over and over. Thank you Jen!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 12 Feb. 2013
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Originally bought this for university but in the end didn't need it due to a change in required texts. I am however glad that I bought it before I knew this as I found the works inside interesting to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and inspirational, 13 Jun. 2009
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This is a fantastic collection. It deserves the 2009 TS Eliot Prize. Several of Jen's poems have inspired me to write my own awesome poems.
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