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Unexpected Weather (Salt Modern Poets S.) Hardcover – 8 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing (8 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844715655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844715657
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,072,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Curtis never tells you things you already know - she tells you things you are, things you've always felt and have never managed to put into words. It's wondrously satisfying - like being broke then finding a twenty pound note in an old pair of jeans.--Luke Kennard "Exultations and Difficulties. "

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To read Abi Curtis’s poems is to enter a world where the infinite possibilities of language are spread before you like a sumptuous feast; where each flavour and texture is a surprise and a delight. With her exuberant, unfettered imagination, passion for the natural world and fascination with the places where science meets poetry, these luminously imagistic poems give us characters facing execution with their ‘creamy spillages of silk’; and where voices are assigned to molecules, moles, lion-tamers and the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. She marvels at what the world has to offer and offers it back to us with stunning clarity and confidence. (Catherine Smith )

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This is a beautiful book. Curtis's poetry is by turns wonderfully perceptive, delicate, tough, quirky, funny, poignant and haunting. As odd as John Ashbery's "It's this crazy weather we're having / Falling forwards one minute / Falling back the next," you never know which way a Curtis poem is going to go. Nowhere is that perhaps more neatly encapsulated than in the unexpected context in which the title-phrase of this collection appears.
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Like the title of the book, Abi Curtis' poems contain the unexpected. Ordinary things are seen with an eye that seems to travel over and under, seeing the world differently, unexpectedly. There is nothing boring here. Reading this collection is a delight. You are thrown into another world, a world you know and yet do not.
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This is a fantastic debut collection. It's lyrical yet quirky, sharp yet tender. It is beautifully crafted and a joy to read.
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A brilliant collection, which took a few readings, and got me really thinking. It seems to come at you from lots of angles and, though it seems clear in its narrative, I was often left wondering what the poem was really about - not in a frustrated but stimulated way. Unexpected Weather is its perfect title. There's lots of natural texture in there, quite earthy and bruised, visceral; at the same time all sorts of surprises like light striking off surfaces at unexpected angles. I really recommend this book if you're looking for a meaty interesting read, and to be engaged with emotionally, physically and intellectually all at once.
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This is a poetry collection to truly savour. Curtis weaves emotions we all have experienced into situations and places we thought we knew to create a wonderful treasure trove of new experiences. Her poems retain a fresh sense of amazement at the world and they create images which befit the title of this great collection.
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