- Hardcover: 80 pages
- Publisher: Salt Publishing; First Edition, First Printing edition (1 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844713075
- ISBN-13: 978-1844713073
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,146,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Harbour Beyond the Movie (Salt Modern Poets) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2007
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Kennard’s imaginative range is constantly awe-inspiring, coupling as it does seeming absurdities with healthy doses of down-to-earthiness to concoct, well, I don’t care to try to name what it concocts, because to name it would spoil my day. (Martin Stannard Litter Magazine )
He is a talent to watch out for. He’s got it. Let’s hope he doesn’t lose it, either to the world of performance cliché or the mainstream’s emasculating embrace. (Tim Allen Terrible Work )
Original and startlingly imaginative lyrical pyrotechnics … (Nathan Thompson Terrible Work )
Recent Salt books include an outstanding first collection of poems and prose by Luke Kennard, The Harbour Beyond the Movie. His language is exciting and it feels to me that he’s a truly 21st-century writer, taking inspiration from all over the place, unafraid of barriers and conventions. (Ian McMillan The Times )
Luke is around ten years younger than any finalist in the award's 16-year history with most not reaching this level until their 30s or 40s. The Forward Prize for best collection is worth £10,000 and has been won in the past by poets including Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy. Luke is one of six on the short-list this year alongside Eavan Boland, Sean O'Brien, Jack Mapange, John Burnside and Adam Thorpe. The results will be announced on October 3, the day before National Poetry Day, at a ceremony in London. (Chard and Ilminster News )
… merit and reward hardly ever coincide in this wicked world, and it's always thrilling to see a major talent emerging. (Philip Hensher The Independent )
When was the last time you laughed out loud at a poem? If you can't remember (and chances are you can't), treat yourself to The Harbour Beyond the Movie. Luke Kennard considers pressing contemporary issues – from comparative economics to journalistic accountability – via a wittily didactic brand of surrealism which renders the politics palatable … Kennard's collection proves that humour is a neglected but effective tool in the poet's arsenal. (Sarah Crown The Guardian )
To read him is to be startled into remembering exactly how exciting and energetic language can be, as it forces us to face the poignant absurdity of experience and to laugh out loud or cry in equal measure. Kennard is an undoubted original, driven by a mature intelligence and a giant wit, yet guided by the wisest, self-deprecating heart. A brilliant new writer you simply must not miss. (Andy Brown )See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Actual joy. Perfectly perfect, funny, thoughtful, surreal and beautiful. I don't know what much else you'd want.
Surely deserving of another award!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes, he opens your mind with a tin opener, and you allow it, then enjoy it and are left with a smirk. If he didn't already exist, someone would have to invent him. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book arrived promptly and was well packaged. I would definetely do business with this trader again. THANKSPublished on 22 Dec. 2007 by M. Kavanagh
I had read the Solex Brothers and enjoyed it, so I bought this as a gift for my mum's birthday and she was thrilled - got me some real brownie points when Kennard was profiled in... Read morePublished on 21 July 2007 by M. J. Kavanagh
What a hero this young man is - one day he will be poet laureate. Buy this book and the other one as well - if you don't you'll regret it.Published on 21 July 2007 by D. P. HUNTER