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Terrific Melancholy Paperback – 31 May 2011
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'There is a level of talent that will ransom any project in any school. On the one hand, it will be interesting to see where Lumsden goes next; on the other, he's so good that it hardly matters' - --D.H. Tracy, Poetry.
'One of the best poets writing in English on the planet today' - --Don Share, Squandermania.
'Although the verse is hopping with linguistic antics, the foci of the language are music and rhetoric and, whip-smart as these poems are, they tend to resist chin-stroking analysis - the rhymes, the larks, the brutal punch-lines tug Lumsden's poems off the page and into the living context they describe' - --- Matthew Smith, Verse.
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 shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Mischief Night: New & Selected Poems (2004) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His latest collections are Third Wish Wasted (2009) and Terrific Melancholy (2011). He has held several residencies, including ones with the City of Aberdeen, St Andrews Bay Hotel, and as poet-in-residenceA" 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 was published by Bloodaxe in 2010. Born in St Andrews, he lived in Edinburgh before moving to London.
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22 January 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Some fifty poems, first published in 2011,comprises a variety of poetry in the typical modern style of today.Eclectic forms,...from good open form poetry,..to short prose pieces,...innovative 'ripple'poems that surround and encompass the 36 stanza narrative poem (after which the anthology is entitled) thus helping keep the reader's interest to the very end.