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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing (28 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844718980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844718986
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At a time when so many poems read as unnecessary and under-motivated by-products of decidedly other careers, the guilelessness, amusement and scantily-clad affect of Atkins' Horace is both a balm and a tonic. If Atkins were Horace, someone (Harry Gilonis? Chris Hamilton-Emery?) would have given him a villa well over 20 years ago.--Miles Champion "The Poetry Project Newsletter "

This is the finest long poem to come out of Britain.--Michael Gizzi

Tim Atkins' debut (Folklore) is one of the most promising I have fallen for for many years. It's not clear to me what the overall shape is of the sequence of which these rural prose pieces are parts, but at this point every piece leaves you wanting more than it says and the cumulative effect is quite entrancing. We are facing a poet of resolution and sensibility. This is truly lyric poetry in a landscape where almost everyone else is didactic. The setting is resonant not only of Piers Plowman (quoted in the colophon) but of A.E. Housman and John Masefield, however, the conduct of the text resolutely avoids literalness to preserve a sense of absolute space, as an abstract painting wipes out recession and numerical space but opens an edgeless plane which engulfs us and so is space in the pure form. Like Piers, it is autobiographical and yet non-realistic. The text becomes progressively less explicit, exploiting the cumulation of context.--Andrew Duncan

When I heard some of these poems in Tim Atkins' voice I was instantly interested and amused: my pleasure and enjoyment have continued, reading them.--Tom Raworth

Tim Atkins does for translation what Gertrude Stein did for nouns.--Lisa Jarnot

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At a time when so many poems read as unnecessary and under-motivated by-products of decidedly other careers, the guilelessness, amusement and scantily-clad affect of Atkins’ Horace is both a balm and a tonic. If Atkins were Horace, someone (Harry Gilonis? Chris Hamilton-Emery?) would have given him a villa well over 20 years ago. (Miles Champion The Poetry Project Newsletter)

Tim Atkins does for translation what Gertrude Stein did for nouns. (Lisa Jarnot)

When I heard some of these poems in Tim Atkins’ voice I was instantly interested and amused: my pleasure and enjoyment have continued, reading them. (Tom Raworth)

This is the finest long poem to come out of Britain. (Michael Gizzi)

Tim Atkins’ debut (Folklore) is one of the most promising I have fallen for for many years. It's not clear to me what the overall shape is of the sequence of which these rural prose pieces are parts, but at this point every piece leaves you wanting more than it says and the cumulative effect is quite entrancing. We are facing a poet of resolution and sensibility. This is truly lyric poetry in a landscape where almost everyone else is didactic. The setting is resonant not only of Piers Plowman (quoted in the colophon) but of A.E. Housman and John Masefield, however, the conduct of the text resolutely avoids literalness to preserve a sense of absolute space, as an abstract painting wipes out recession and numerical space but opens an edgeless plane which engulfs us and so is space in the pure form. Like Piers, it is autobiographical and yet non-realistic. The text becomes progressively less explicit, exploiting the cumulation of context. (Andrew Duncan) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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