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on 2 June 2011
Whether you believe the prose poem is dead, should be dead, or is in fact alive and well, this offering from Armitage comes across as being little more than on life support.

For the writer capable of chronicling the ebb and flow of social and cultural vagaries in "All Points North", isolating those moment of tragic-comedy that crystalize the truth in so much of his poetry, or bringing such incredible music and cadence to his translation of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", there are far too few moments of insight into the human condition or the language used to describe it.

Armitage's quirky sense of humour is still present and occasionally shines through to buoy a piece, but it is a long slog through pedestrian lines to arrive at these moments.
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