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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447257685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447257684
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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breathe[s] new life into old classic forms . . . a long poem about us and the gods that's all high-kicking verve and long-range understanding. I loved its vision, powerful and merciful. (Ali Smith, Books of the Year Observer)

One of the brightest British talents around. Her spoken-word performances have the metre and craft of traditional poetry, the kinetic agitation of hip-hop and the intimacy of a whispered heart-to-heart (Guardian)

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Winner of the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry.

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If Homer got bladdered with Ken Loach in a south London pub, they might come up with something like this. The scope is epic, but the drama has the sort of exquisite fragility that only comes from brilliant writing about the most ordinary of souls. At times, I was so scared for Tempest's characters I felt physically sick.
A Ted Hughes award, Mercury prize shortlist, and all by the time she's twenty-eight. Whither now for our Kate? I can't wait to find out. She's already my hero.
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Brilliant but best experienced when performed live with her band. Then this becomes awesome/

However, be advised - this is a CD in a card sleeve and nothing more. Despite this, Amazon will charge you £2.75 delivery charge because they class it as an audio book when it's not the same size as an audio book. I've spent an entire day arguing with them by email to no avail. It won't taint your experience of the wonderful piece of poetry but you know, it is Amazon...
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Just a wonderful epic poem that I could not put down......must be read at one bite ......the lovely thing about reading Kate's work is that I can hear her voice in my head, having seen her live several times.
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Very good-hearted, and at times the assonantal rap technique is v. effective - speedy and punchy; at others, it seemed to me, it's lazy, and the contents a bit preachy. I could have done without the first four pages ("The myths in this city have always said the same thing - /about how all we need is a place to belong", etc.), and in fact the whole "ancients" bit, which didn't feel earned. But then this is meant for performance, and I'm only commenting on its effect on the page ...

If you're up for a verse novel that's really good - a lot more demanding than this, but well worth it - try Anthony Burgess's "Byrne". Amazingly skilful and absorbing.
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So I'm one of the gods, a 25 year old lad, crying into my cup of tea as the people I know come alive in this text and I see them in a more empathetic light. For fear of looking like one of those 'holier than thou' dicks, I may even pass it on.
Cheers Kate!
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Storytelling, as an artform, has evolved throughout the ages; and in many ways has gone full circle in its evolution. The troubadours and bards of the past would regale the crowds with ballads of heroes and monsters, morals and vices. They would sing for entertainment, but for enlightenment as well. The stories were meant to teach life lessons, but were also intended to stir human emotion; to allow people the chance to glimpse themselves within the stories.
Kate Tempest is an award winning spoken-word artist. She has made a name for herself by evoking emotion with both word and rhythm. I have not yet watched her in person (although I do have tickets for a performance next month!), but I have watched her clips on YouTube and could clearly hear her unmistakable voice in my head as I whispered the words of this book to myself (it is, after all, a poem that was “written to be read aloud”).
I’m a bit of a mythology buff and have often drawn upon mythological themes when writing my own poems. It was, in fact, this shared connection that led a friend to lend me Kate’s book. I really connect with the message Kate conveys at the beginning of her piece; that we mortals are still mythical. The idea that we all possess within us both the makings of a worthy hero and the ugly wickedness of a demon is immediately compelling. “The Gods are in Us,” Kate writes. “We are the Brand New Ancients.”
I read the poem, an epic length of 47 pages, twice over. Once to really enjoy the sound and play of the words, and again to fully engage with the meaning of the text. You could say that the story itself is fairly predictable; unloved children growing up to do bad things, the regrets of an old man, the corruption of talent. Yet perhaps the predictability is the point.
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This is yet another masterful piece of work, by the exceptional poet/rapper Kate Tempest. She weaves her modern-day telling of Ancient Greek tales, in the everyday & extra-ordinary lives of her modern-day gods, with such breath-taking deftness, music, passion and intelligence, bringing her listeners on a journey of insight and emotion, touching the mind, hear and soul in a way I've never experienced before in my life (and I'm certainly no stranger to the power of poetry & music). This is an amazing & inspiring human being, and I defy anyone who listens this, not to be moved and inspired by her! It's not elitist or pretentious, because it's so exquisitely brilliant, it doesn't need to pretend to be quality, or bluff people into deference - it is great, but that doesn't make it cold or stuffy or intellectual at the expense of reality & soul. This is just so much better than any piece of Art or performance I've experienced in a very long time, possibly ever.
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When watching spoken word performances it is easy to lose some of the clever and beautiful way language is used. Reading this play gave me space and time to absorb Kate's words. I thought it was a magnificent work of poetry, and deserves all the praise it has received.
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