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Seeing Stars (Paperback)

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Simon Armitage's new collection is by turns a voice and a chorus: a hyper-vivid array of dramatic monologues, allegories, parables and tall tales. Here comes everybody: Snoobie and Carla, Lippincott, Wittmann, Yoshioka, Bambuck, Dr Amsterdam, Preminger. The man whose wife drapes a border-curtain across the middle of the marital home; the English astronaut with a terrestrial outlook on life; an orgiastic cast of unreconstructed pie-worshipers at a Northern sculpture farm; the soap-opera supremacists at their zoo-wedding; the driver who picks up hitchhikers as he hurtles towards a head-on collision with Thatcherism; a Christian cheese-shop proprietor in the wrong part of town; the black bear with a dark secret, the woman who curates giant snowballs in the chest freezer. Celebrities and nobodies, all come to the ball.



The storyteller who steps in and out of this human tapestry changes, trickster-style, from poem to poem, but retains some identifying traits: the melancholy of the less deceived, crossed with an undercover idealism. And he shares with many of his characters a star-gazing capacity for belief, or for being 'genuine in his disbelief'.



Language is on the loose in these poems, which cut and run across the parterre of poetic decorum with their cartoon-strip energies and air of misrule. Armitage creates world after world, peculiar yet always particular, where the only certainty is the unexpected.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 04/08/2011 ISBN-13: 9780571249947  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire in 1963. In 1992 he was a winner of one of the first Forward prizes, and a year later was the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His collections of poetry include Kid, Book of Matches, The Dead Sea Poems, CloudCuckooLand, Killing Time, The Universal Home Doctor and Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid. His acclaimed verse translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was published in 2007, and he was awarded a CBE for services to poetry in 2010.

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