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The Harbour Beyond the Movie (Salt Modern Poets) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2007

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  • 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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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 )

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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 )

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Do you know what. I get actual joy out of reading Kennard.

Actual joy. Perfectly perfect, funny, thoughtful, surreal and beautiful. I don't know what much else you'd want.

Surely deserving of another award!
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A wonderful collection and well-deserved nominee for the Forward Prize, 'The Harbour Beyond the Movie' is a fascinating journey through the absurdity of the everyday. Laugh-out-loud funny (and how often can that be said about "award-winning" poetry?) and yet never trivial, Kennard's mastery of language is a genuine pleasure. If you love poetry, read this. If you don't love poetry, read this and you soon will.
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Kennard's poetry really is like nothing else you'll ever read; opening this book is like diving into another world, one that you'll recognise but have never looked at in quite this way before. Witty, intelligent, shrewd; at times downright wicked and at others, extremely moving. Definitely a collection to be read again and again. Buy one for yourself and one for everyone you like. Worth every penny!
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Award-winning poet, Luke Kennard, might just be in the running to win another award. This collection is on the shortlist for the Forward Prize 2007. Not bad for a 26-year-old award-winner.
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This arrived promptly and is better than almost anything else I have read. Kennard's poetry is at once unique, poignant and funny. A triumph.
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