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About the Author
Roddy Lumsden's first book Yeah Yeah Yeah (1997) was shortlisted for Forward and Saltire prizes. His second collection The Book of Love (2000), a Poetry Book Society Choice, was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Mischief Night: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Third Wish Wasted (Bloodaxe Books, 2009) is his latest collection. He is a freelance writer, specialising in quizzes and word puzzles, and has held several residencies, including ones with the City of Aberdeen, St Andrews Bay Hotel, and as "poet-in-residence" to the music industry when he co-wrote The Message, a book on poetry and pop music (Poetry Society, 1999). His other books include Vitamin Q: a temple of trivia, lists and curious words (Chambers Harrap, 2004). His anthology Identity Parade: new British and Irish poets is due from Bloodaxe Books in 2010. Born in St Andrews, he lived in Edinburgh before moving to London.
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This truly is an assured and measured selection of the brightest lights in the British poetry scene. Each voice within its pages enchants and pleads to be noticed, above and beyond the poetics of the twentieth-century American schools that many have been clearly influenced by - and now surpassed in a variety of ways.
There are poets like Luke Kennard and Annie Freud with their surrealist and absurdist sketches, Chris McCabe and his formal experimentation, John Stammers' cosmopolitan Frank O'Hara-isms, Simon Barraclough's jazzy coolness and Colette Bryce's journeys through the possibility of language.
But this is just scratching the more famous surface of what is to be found within this treasure trove of young talent. There are many poets in these pages I have never heard of - mainly because they are yet to even publish their first collections at the time of writing - and their poems are as exciting, if not more so, than the few established figures which grace the anthology.
This lends weight to the idea of this anthology being similar, and having a similar impact, to an older Bloodaxe anthology, `The New Poetry' from the early Nineties, which now reads like a who's who of the established poetic order in the UK.
In what some - at least in Britain - are defining as a `post-division era' for poetry - where, to paraphrase Louis MacNeice, the poetry world is `incorrigibly plural' - it is anthologies like this, which accept and celebrate the incredible diversity of contemporary poetry, which should be studied, rather than the more famous and less eclectic establishment products that also come out of Bloodaxe's prodigious output of texts.
Highly recommended - especially for those `getting to grips' with the riotous voices assembled across this small island.
The only downside is the photographs of the poets themselves - some are so awful it puts you off the poetry before you've even seen it! You find yourself thinking "was that the ONLY photo they had of themselves?"
The poetry is good though, varied and interesting and the book is a lovely addition to any collection.