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Full of things to divert, entertain and provoke. - The Independent 50 Best Summer Reads Adventures in Form teems with life. It is the start of a new, healthier and more joyous way of looking at the poetic endeavour we live among. It's essential reading right now.
- Poetry Review
The constraints we chafe against in the creation of 'txt msg poMs' may be unravelling, but the anthology's long-term legacy will be its sense of gusto. Look at this as a pattern book of the possible; it enthuses, and that enthusiasm becomes contagious.
- Poetry London
Adventures in Form raises fundamental questions, about the value of novelty to poetry, for example, about chance and choice, sense and nonsense, and about the concept of 'voice', in poetry, how it might be revitalised, channelled and challenged.
- Poetry Book Society
One of the most eye-opening books of the decade. --Eyewear
About the Author
Tom Chivers was born in South London in 1983. His publications include How To Build A City (Salt Publishing, 2009), The Terrors (Nine Arches Press, 2009; shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets) and, as editor, the anthologies Generation Txt, City State: New London Poetry and Stress Fractures: Essays on Poetry (Penned in the Margins, 2006, 2009 & 2010). A regular reviewer for Poetry London, he presented a documentary about the poet Barry MacSweeney for BBC Radio 4 in 2009. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2011.
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9 December 2014
An exciting and inventive approach to the more conventional and well-trodden ideas surrounding form in contemporary poetry - exploring the nonce-form to the nth degree. A beautiful book and well worth re-reading, and re-visiting.
5 September 2014
This book was my unloved 'free gift' for joining the Poetry Book Society. It is like a compendium of responses to creative writing exercises from a run of the mill workshop. Some are clever, some have clearly had a lot of time spent on them. The problem is, the resulting poems would almost universally have been better left unwritten. And certainly unpublished. Poetry deserves better than collages of random tweets, google translations and newly invented forms that add nothing much to the art.