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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (20 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571215327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571215324
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Acclaim for his previous collection, The Marble Fly (1997): 'Consistently excellent... where McKendrick scores is in his expert salvaging of beauty from squalor, wit from adversity, delicacy from grossness.' Michael Hofmann

About the Author

Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955. He is the author of six collections of poetry, including The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a Poetry Book Society Choice; Ink Stone (2003), shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Crocodiles & Obelisks, shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Out There (2012) won the Hawthornden Prize. An earlier selection of his poems was published as Sky Nails (2000), and he is editor of 20th-Century Italian Poems (2004). The Embrace, his translations of Valerio Magrelli's poetry, won the Oxford-Weidenfeld and the John Florio prizes.


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By A Customer on 3 July 2003
Format: Paperback
McKendrick is the least didactic of poets, and never tells you "what to think or not to think" as the weird review above complains. Ink Stone is an advance on his excellent last collection, The Marble Fly, winner of the Forward Prize, and mostly preserved in his selected, Sky Nails. The free-ish translations here (from Dante, Montale, Rilke and Lorca) are outstanding poems in their own right and echo the concerns and the language of the other poems in the book. These poems have the unsettling humour of his previous work but seem more at ease with strong emotion, and more direct and confident in their manner. Most powerful, in my view, are the several elegies to a close friend, but there are other poems such as 'Apotheosis' (one of several strange 'bee' poems), 'Good Hedges' and 'A Mole of Sorts' which are very original and show McKendrick as one of the foremost poets writing in England.
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McKendrick's poems are always worth reading and that is true of this collection, but I don't think they quite come up to the standard of his previous cutting-edge work in, for instance, "Sky Nails" or "The Marble Fly". In some, I wasn't sure what was meant, although the sparse beauty of the languages is electrifying. The best poems are still the more personal ones, and I shall look forward, as ever, to his next publication.
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By A Customer on 22 April 2003
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It is amazing the way McKendrick tells his readers what they should or should not think about the core of things. There is nothing there I can share. I have never heard of an odder combination of poems and translations than this one. The fact that the publisher is Faber tells us more about the state of poetry in this country than about the success of McKendrick's writing.
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