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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; New Ed edition (8 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224071971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224071970
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bursting with tender, witty, punchy poems about the tender aftermath of a love affair." (Christina Patterson Independent)

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Stunning first collection by young Belfast poet.

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Fragments - sharp, dazzling; Flynn is evidently a master of the short form. I've not yet read her latest, but compared to the sombre maturity and technical mastery of her second (the only reason this gets only 4 *) these are the angsts and glancing epiphanies of youth (ah, youth - 'We..mean it. Because we mean everything'), her laughing eyes at the new millenium 'two zeros in 2000', but death features already. And why not - even John Betjeman, to name one absurd example, thought of little else, while Stevie Smith depended on it to keep her going. What stands out? The 'spud-coloured' 40 watt bulb? I suppose anyone from Belfast's a connoisseur of bleak. 'When we meet now, we cannot but be slightly older' - well that's a poem in a line, you don't often come across those. Please God she'll not be remembered for 'distances...between people' which, abstracted from the perfectly fine poem they occur in (which is even titled by them - eek!), strike me as fey and moralistic - like perennially stroppy Stevie being yoked to Those Four - trite, self-pitying - Words or the elusive Muldoon shading into Brownlow. There are somewhat too many poems about writing, but like Flynn's second this is a real collection, entirely honest - she's painfully good on gawky youth, its squalor and 'shiftlessness' (not, I think, a moral judgement)

Entertaining? We've laid on this great and mouldering spread;
if the doorbell rings, both of us bolt for cover,
me stepping, in turn, through the rooms of your dirty mind,
blowing, with my usual verve, one bulb after the other.

Lightbulbs again. There's a heart-stopping sestina (Last night I dreamt that I was 26). I'm not sure Louis (presumably Armstrong) entirely earns his place in her 'writer's block' poem; I prefer her Dream Mentor ('don't write about anything you can point at'). Her reference to A Passage to India escaped me (OK - googled it) but she makes me want to read The Bell Jar
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The Next Generation of Poets, that's what they say!
An enjoyable read, with pleasant wit and lyrical content flowing very well. A deep look into the life of a child, a student, a women, and now a writer.
In the poetry scene we will appreciate more of Leontia Flynn in the future, and can only hope it doesn't take too long.
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Leontia Flynn's mature and compelling new collection of poetry is a sure sign that she is destined to become one of the most important poets in contemporary arts. Humour resonates throughout her work, underscored with humble, bittersweet tones that never appear maudlin or ambivalent. Her uncanny sense of rhythm and deft timing of sentiment carry succinct meaning and she is one of those rare poets who always has something to say-with force.
For me, this collection is superior even to Whitbread winner 'Corpus' by Michael Symmons Roberts and, as a poet myself, I can only hope to write poems of such clarity and expertise in the future.
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