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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 r...|
|Now in paperback, the powerful selected work of Simon Armitage, the most distinctive poetic voice of contemporary Britain.Simon Armitage is arguably the leading British poet of the past twenty years. His knowledge of the English just as they are ("a gentleman farmer / living on reduced means, a cricketer's widow, / sowing a kitchen garden with sweet peas"), his colloquial Yorkshire wit and eye for situational ironies, his ability to steal up on us with the surreal while capturing the ordinary speech of everyday life: these qualities place him at the forefront of British poetry today. This slim...|
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