- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 Aug. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571210767
- ISBN-13: 978-0571210763
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Selected Poems of Simon Armitage Paperback – 6 Aug 2001
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'Armitage creates a muscular but elegant language of his own out of slangy, youthful, up-to-the-minute jargon and the vernacular of his native northern England. He combines this with an easily worn erudition, plenty of nous and the benefit of unblinkered experience... to produce poems of moving originality.' Peter Reading, Sunday Times; 'Armitage writes with wit and feeling about experiences and conditions which poetry often turns its back on.' Jamie McKendrick, Independent; 'Of the fresh faces that have enlivened poetry over the last half-dozen years, none has loomed larger or fresher than that of Simon Armitage.' Mick Imlah, Vogue
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We are pleased to announce the publication of eleven more titles into the new typographic look. The specifications for the books are high -beautifully produced, they all have flaps and are sewn and printed in Italy. The latest batch represents some of the core titles of the backlist (Philip Larkin's Collected Poems, Ted Hughes's New Selected Poems, James Joyce's Poems and Shorter Writings) along with key, single volumes that should be part of any poetry lover's library (and whose reissue, in the form in which they were first published, will give a whole new generation the pleasure of coming to the books as original readers).See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I Say I Say I Say from The Dead Sea Poems is my absolute favourite, no doubt about it. This volume is fantastic for anyone who is curious about Simon Armitage, trust me, it will not be a disappointment when it arrives through the letter box.
Down Birdcage Walk in riots or wartime
we will not hear of her hitching her skirt
or see for ourselves that frantic footwork,
busy like a swan's beneath the surface.
But quickly our tank will stop in its tracks;
they'll turn the turret lid back like a stone;
inside, our faces set like flint, her name
cross-threaded in the barrels of our throats.
No guess needed as to whom that refers.
'To His Lost Lover' may be the best poem ever about a love affair that wasn't, and 'A Week And A Fortnight' is like a glimpse into uncovered lives only ever read about in shocking headlines. There is a certain slickness, something of a flash, urgent, disregard to some of this work. Perhaps evidence of the craft that goes into poetry-making is missing? If so, it's as it should be. Something especially in the internal rhythms, the beautiful power of the enjambments. Though I feel this is only because it reads effortlessly, and is so blindingly apposite. These lines below from 'A Book of Matches' are haunting:
Tonight I'm blank, burnt out, parked
in the garage with the engine running, in the dark.Read more ›
well worth a read as its a good mix of his work
And then as you look closer, you discover all the word magic - rhythm, sound patterns, imagery - that goes into poetry.
I got a decent mark for my Poetry assignment, so it must have done something!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had to teach his poetry to GCSE pupils and liked his work. Some of his pottery falls short of his best standard. But he is interesting and easy to understand. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2014 by Jean
Wonderful little collection and brings back memories of GCSE English lit! Lovely read for all, very in depth and thought provoking.Published on 19 Jan. 2014 by Helena Bentley
This was a present to my wife. From her comments I think that she has enjoyed the collection together with the associated volumes.Published on 3 Nov. 2013 by X
Recent convert to Simon's poems ... find some of them difficult to understand but a really good selection in this book.Published on 25 April 2013 by S. Eden