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Product details

  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Arc Publications (4 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900072718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900072717
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,585,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jonathan Assers says of his first collection: "I think the book is about men who don't have dads, and how that makes them violent, mad, lonely, criminal - as well as being an emotional challenge which they can rise above, wading through the shame and the wish to switch off by using their creativity, bravery, humour and their ability to be helped by others." "The world of Jonathan Asser exists in the corners and crannies of London's cafes, barbers, jails, take-aways, tower blocks and fleshpots. Like other poets who have come to the page via the stage, he has retained the bravura of performance within these mostly formal, pacy and filmic narratives. Sometimes voyeuristic, sometimes nihilistic, often very funny, it's hard to pin down the ingredients of influence in this tasty recipe." Roddy Lumsden"

About the Author

Jonathan Asser was born in 1964 and lives in Camden, North London. He facilitates experiential confrontation groups for non-compliant, violent prisoners and has published a paper on these groups in Psychodynamic Practice. He is also a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS and a painter.

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The moment I reluctantly finished 'Outside The All Stars', I wanted to sit down in one of the book's locations, a London 'caff', and devour it from beginning to end, all over again. According to Jonathan Asser's bio notes, he 'facilitates experiential education groups for non-compliant, violent prisoners'; provocative material for the urban and insular world his world weary personalities inhabit.
Asser is a beautiful writer whose realistic poetry impresses and stuns you in every rhythemitic and compelling line. 'It was raining fish in Spearmint Rhino' opens his poem, 'Downpour'. His pounding poetry is original and has a unique kick in its nihilistic tail. At the end of each unconsciously clever sentence, I was compelled to go back and re-read it, just to make sure the hilarious lingo was dynamic and unique as I initially thought.
The downbeat existence in 'Outside The All Stars' is on the bleak side, but is unconventionally funny too. 'He was tracked by his cleaner for days, through the bowels of Camden, Kings Cross, Isle of Dogs, Barking Creek Barrier and the Rotherhithe Tunnel,' is the startling opening of his long poem, 'No Mercy'. But, readers searching for orthodox love might be perplexed in 'Outside The All Stars'. For, the love affairs aren't romantic in the conventional sense: 'if the cuffs weren't so tight, he'd probably smile at the way she'd coshed him while he'd trimmed her toe nails.'
Jonathan Asser's impressive poetry sustains the narrative's mood in such an even tempo that Miles Davis, the text's taste-bud, would have thought that the modern day poems were coooool. Highly recommended for fanatics of clssical poetry.
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This book of poems deals with the twenty-first century urban world: the poet has a penetrating and witty, if wry gaze, and writes brilliantly about his encounters and observations on his own and others' lives. A real addition to the current crop of poets. Spare, a tough-tender romantic, he conceals his love for what he observes behind a capacity for cool, accurate, and often funny observation. Highly recommended.
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Jo's poetry is not for the faint hearted, it is gritty and real, his observations can sometimes be brutal but are always thought provoking. You must read this book.
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By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
I wish I'd never opened this book, with its cold detached view point, total disregard to any warm human feeling; the unfortunate females who are unlucky enough to stray into his path; the violence. There's a hard stark evilness and an almost perverse delight in conjuring the worst side and sorts of 'humanity'. Here the good are crushed without a flicker of remorse, with scorn even and the evil are elevated onto pedestals. Better to not enter the world in this book, unless you have an interest in the nebulus mind of potential serial killer or similar. Steer clear or proceeed at your own risk; it infects. Asser's world is one better left to him.
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