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3.0 out of 5 stars
Adequate Appropriation, 15 Nov. 2010
Perhaps what is most frustrating with Armitage's most recent offering, is its blatant appropriation of the American poet James Tate's surreal narrative style. Rather than adaption however, this is poor imitation, Tate's poetry offering rich and often haunting vignettes, while Armitage being grounded in the pop cultural fails to scratch beneath the surface, unlike much of his earlier work. Armitage's engagement with language is undeniably satisfying, however if seeking British surreal narrative yet wholly unique poetry, perhaps look to Luke Kennard or Caroline Bird for superior and respectively original interpretations of the form. Otherwise this is a well executed collection, however I recommend to look to his earlier work for poems which truly hit one's core when reading.