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Praised as “wonderful, exuberant, unsettling” on its publication in the United Kingdom, Simon Armitage’s new collection brings us a vivid array of dramatic monologues, allegories, and tall tales.

All are welcome at this twilit, visionary carnival: the man whose wife drapes a border curtain across the middle of the marital home; the black bear with a dark secret; the woman who arranges giant snowballs in the freezer. “My girlfriend won me in a sealed auction but wouldn’t / tell me how much she bid,” begins one speaker; “I hadn’t meant to go grave robbing with Richard Dawkins / but he can be very persuasive,” another tells us. The storyteller behind this human tapestry has about him a sly undercover idealism: he shares with many of his characters a star-gazing capacity for belief, or for being, at the very least, entirely “genuine in his disbelief.” In these startling poems, with their unique cartoon-strip energy and air of misrule, Armitage creates world after world, peculiar and always particular, where the only certainty is the unexpected.

Unprecedented economic growth in my native country has brought mochaccino and broadband to where there was nothing but misery and disease, yet with loss of habitat the inevitable consequence; even the glade I was born in is now a thirty storey apartment block with valet parking and a nail salon. They scrape DNA from the inside of my cheek and freeze it, “just in case.” To the world I’m known by my stage name and am Richard to family and friends, but never Dick. Well-meaning tourists visiting the Cavern throw pastries and pieces of fruit despite notices regarding my sensitive nature and strict diet. I cried all night when John was shot, rubbed the tired circles of my eyes till they turned black. Please do not tap on the glass.

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A thrilling new collection from the hugely acclaimed British poet Simon Armitage. With its vivid array of dramatic monologues, allegories, and tall tales, this absurdist, unreal exploration of modern society brings us a chorus of unique and unforgettable voices.

All are welcome at this twilit, visionary carnival: the man whose wife drapes a border-curtain across the middle of the marital home; the black bear with a dark secret; the woman who oversees giant snowballs in the freezer. “My girlfriend won me in a sealed auction but wouldnt / tell me how much she bid,” begins one speaker; “I hadnt meant to go grave robbing with Richard Dawkins / but he can be very persuasive,” another tells us. The storyteller behind this human tapestry has about him a sly undercover idealism: he shares with many of his characters a stargazing capacity for belief, or for being, at the very least, entirely “genuine in his disbelief.” In these startling poems, with their unique cartoon-strip energy and air of misrule, Armitage creates world after world, peculiar and always particular, where the only certainty is the unexpected.

About the Author

Simon Armitage was born in and lives in West Yorkshire, England. His twelve previous titles include Killing Time, Selected Poems, The Universal Home Doctor, Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid, and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In 1993, he was named the London Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year; he is the recipient of a Forward Prize and in 2010 won the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. He works as a freelance writer, broadcaster, and playwright; writes extensively for radio, television, and film; has taught at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop; and is professor of poetry at the University of Sheffield.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307594839
Author:
Armitage, Simon
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.68 x 0.57 in 0.52 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A thrilling new collection from the hugely acclaimed British poet Simon Armitage. With its vivid array of dramatic monologues, allegories, and tall tales, this absurdist, unreal exploration of modern society brings us a chorus of unique and unforgettable voices.

All are welcome at this twilit, visionary carnival: the man whose wife drapes a border-curtain across the middle of the marital home; the black bear with a dark secret; the woman who oversees giant snowballs in the freezer. “My girlfriend won me in a sealed auction but wouldnt / tell me how much she bid,” begins one speaker; “I hadnt meant to go grave robbing with Richard Dawkins / but he can be very persuasive,” another tells us. The storyteller behind this human tapestry has about him a sly undercover idealism: he shares with many of his characters a stargazing capacity for belief, or for being, at the very least, entirely “genuine in his disbelief.” In these startling poems, with their unique cartoon-strip energy and air of misrule, Armitage creates world after world, peculiar and always particular, where the only certainty is the unexpected.

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