Book of Matches Paperback – 3 Sep 2001
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Book of Matches by Simon Armitage: 'The crafted sincerity of this potent, lyrical collection, in which an absolutely contemporary voice concisely expresses common concerns, is everything that poetry should be.' (Times Literary Supplement)
About the Author
Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published eleven collections of poetry, including Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014 and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007). He also writes extensively for television and radio and is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North (1998) Walking Home (2012), and Walking Away (2015). His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare's Globe in 2014. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry and in 2015 was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.
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Top Customer Reviews
The opening salvo of 'My party piece' is a spine-chiller and through to the last piece in that section describing a burnt-out Armitage in self-destruct mode sitting in his car- this is a modern classic which taps the Zeitgeist in a way only he can.
And I have to agree with the other reviewer about To a lost lover - your toes curl at the combination of intimacy, sensitivity and agonising regret.
Someone once said that 'poetry is the new rock n'roll' - if Elvis were alive today he would be writing poetry like this...
Thank you Simon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Armitage grates a bit on me as he does not conform. However the struck matches take a bit of time to get used to, but another facet of Armitage's style.Published on 20 Jun. 2013 by Mrs. Il Gough
this is a poetry book very well written one of the best poetry books i have read it is worth readingPublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by Julie Dalton
I chose this from somebody elses rating ...mistake.
Poetry is what YOU see in it ...and, hence, an individual experience.