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Six Bad Poets Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571304036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571304035
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Six Bad Poets is written by one good poet. It is a satirical narrative poem that travels light ... Reid has fun with his doomed half-dozen ... He is excellent on the shaming, opportunistic tendency among poets to assess life, whatever the emotional extremity, as potential copy: "Could be a poem in that?" ... For Charles Prime, poetry has become "harder to catch" than "the eye of a barman". Reid has no such struggle... He takes this structure on with conversational brilliance. Form never hobbles content. Reid gives the impression that all he needs to do is wink and the barman comes running. (Kate Kellaway Observer)

Reid is using a version of the sestina, a poetic party trick in which six words revolve in different combinations, just as his six poets revolve around each other. Once the reader has picked up on the verbal game, the pleasures of its wit are ­everywhere. Reid's shape-shifting words joke with each other, yoking together ... (Jeremy Noel-Tod The Sunday Times)

I thought of [Muriel] Spark when reading Christopher Reid's Six Bad Poets. He is not averse to narrative verse, and nor does he shy away from humour ... There is more than a hint of the sardonic languid air of Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time roman fleuve about Six Bad Poets ... Reid has probably had so much fun. (Alan Taylor Sunday Herald)

... this long, funny poem describing the incestuous peccadilloes of contemporary poetry's social purlieus deserves to be read, and almost certainly will be read - and purchased - by far more readers than all but a few collections of poetry, even those by rather good poets ... it is a story elegantly told, with sharply realised characters, and is instantly and compellingly rereadable. (Wynn Wheldon The Spectator)

Anyone who ever sat with a rictus grin at a poetry reading will readily identify with this skewering of the pretensions of a group of would-be-bards. (Michael Conaghan Belfast Telegraph)

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Six Bad Poets is the new, hilarious farce-in-verse from 2009 Costa Book of the Year winner, Christopher Reid.

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