The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry

Author: Brian Patten

Publisher: Puffin HC

ISBN: 9780140384215

Category: Poetry

Page: 144

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The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry is an amazing celebration - a wonderful collection of poems by ten outstanding poets. There is something here for all the family to share and enjoy, time after time. There are ten sections in the book, all illustrated in glorious full colour by a different illustrator, each as varied in their style as the poets. And an interview with the relevant poet begins each section, so you can find out a little more about them. The mix of vibrant colours and highly individual voices make this unique poetry collection truly and utterly brilliant! The Utterly Brilliant Poets are: Spike Milligan; Kit Wright; Michael Rosen; Charles Causley; Roger McGough; Benjamin Zephaniah; Brian Patten; Jackie Kay; John Agard; and Allan Ahlberg. 'Fast, funny, incongruous and gorgeously easy to digest.' Observer

The Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry

Author: Brian Patten

Publisher: Viking Canada

ISBN: 9780670893515

Category: Children's poetry, English

Page: 112

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Utterly Brilliant Poetry, /i> is an amazing celebration - a wonderful collection of poems by ten outstanding poets. There is something here for all the family to share and enjoy, time after time.There are ten sections in the book, all illustrated in glorious full colour by a different illustrator, each as varied in their style as the poets. And an interview with the relevant poet begins each section, so you can find out a little more about them.The mix of vibrant colours and highly individual voices make this unique poetry collection truly and utterly brilliant!

The Mersey Sound

Restored 50th Anniversary Edition

Author: Adrian Henri,Brian Patten,Roger McGough

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014119085X

Category: Poetry

Page: 160

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'The Mersey Sound is an attempt to introduce contemporary poetry to the general reader by publishing representative work by each of three modern poets in a single volume, in each case the selection has been made to illustrate the poet's characteristics in style and form'. With this modest brief, The Mersey Sound was conceived and first published in 1967. An anthology which features Roger McGough's work, alongside that of Brian Patten and Adrian Henri (The Liverpool Poets), it went on to sell over half a million copies and to become the bestselling poetry anthology of all time.

The Book of Evidence

Author: John Banville

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307817121

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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John Banville’s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer. Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. That pursuit leads to murder. And here is his attempt to present evidence, not of his innocence, but of his life, of the events that lead to the murder he committed because he could. Like a hero out of Nabokov or Camus, Montgomery is a chillingly articulate, self-aware, and amoral being, whose humanity is painfully on display.

Bad, Bad Cats

Author: Roger McGough

Publisher: Puffin

ISBN: 9780140383911

Category: Animals

Page: 101

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A brilliant new collection of poems from this ever-popular poet and performance artist, featuring a trio of bad cats.

The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems

Author: June Crebbin

Publisher: Puffin Books

ISBN: 9780141308982

Category: Children's poetry, English

Page: 110

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A fantastic introduction to new and traditional poetry for children under seven. Brilliantly illustrated by several different illustrators, it includes poems about mealtimes, playtime, animals, family, bedtime and lots more.

The Puffin Book of Nonsense Verse

Author: Quentin Blake

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141961708

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 288

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Ever eaten Poodle Strudel? Slain a Jabberwock? Bathed in Irish Stew? Quentin Blake is one of the best loved of children’s illustrators. In this brilliant book he has selected and illustrated his favourite comic verse, making it pure entertainment for nonsense-lovers of all ages. His unique style of drawing brings a new perspective to every poem. Classic writers such as Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear are combined with more contemporary talents such as Roger McGough, Margaret Mahy and Russell Hoban. With fifteen wonderfully absurd sections, including Distracting Creatures, Sticky Ends, I Wish I Were a Jelly Fish, A Recipe for Indigestion and Chortling and Galumphing, here is a delightful collection of the topsy-turvy, the fantastical, the anarchic, the illogical and the utterly wonderful.

100 Best Poems for Children

Author: Roger McGough,Sheila Moxley

Publisher: Puffin

ISBN: 9780141310589

Category: Children's poetry, English

Page: 128

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A collection of the very best poems for children, edited by Roger McGough A wonderful collection of contemporary and classic poems chosen by children from schools around the UK. Roger McGough made the final selection and wrote the introduction. Roger McGough was born in Liverpool and educated at the University of Hull. He came to prominence in the 1960s with the publication of THE MERSEY SOUND, and is one of today's most popular poets. He writes for children and adults and performs his poetry all over the world. He was honoured with an OBE in 1997, and won the Signal Poetry Award in 1998. Roger now lives in London. Sheila Moxley is gaining a powerful reputation for her multi-cultural illustration. She lives in London.

The Weight of Water

A Novel Tag - Author of Resistance and Strange Fits of Passion

Author: Anita Shreve

Publisher: Little Brown & Company

ISBN: 0316789976

Category: Fiction

Page: 246

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A tale of marital intrigue. The protagonist is a woman photographer sent to investigate an old murder on an island. She takes along her husband, the husband's brother and the brother's girlfriend. Problems arise when the husband develops an interest in the other woman. By the author of Resistance.

House of McQueen

Author: Valerie Wallace

Publisher: Four Way Books Intro Prize in

ISBN: 9781945588112

Category: Poetry

Page: 66

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Selected by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize, these richly textured poems are inspired by Alexander McQueen

Bright Dead Things

Poems

Author: Ada Limón

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 1571319255

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

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Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately “disorderly, and marvelous, and ours.” A book of bravado and introspection, of 21st century feminist swagger and harrowing terror and loss, this fourth collection considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact—tracing in intimate detail the various ways the speaker’s sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth, and falls in love. Limón has often been a poet who wears her heart on her sleeve, but in these extraordinary poems that heart becomes a “huge beating genius machine” striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment. “I am beautiful. I am full of love. I am dying,” the poet writes. Building on the legacies of forebears such as Frank O’Hara, Sharon Olds, and Mark Doty, Limón’s work is consistently generous and accessible—though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt, and lived.

Look

Poems

Author: Solmaz Sharif

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 1555979408

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

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*Finalist for the 2017 PEN Open Book Award* *Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award* Solmaz Sharif's astonishing first book, Look, asks us to see the ongoing costs of war as the unbearable loss of human lives and also the insidious abuses against our everyday speech. In this virtuosic array of poems, lists, shards, and sequences, Sharif assembles her family's and her own fragmented narratives in the aftermath of warfare. Those repercussions echo into the present day, in the grief for those killed in America's invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and in the discrimination endured at the checkpoints of daily encounter. At the same time, these poems point to the ways violence is conducted against our language. Throughout this collection are words and phrases lifted from the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms; in their seamless inclusion, Sharif exposes the devastating euphemisms deployed to sterilize the language, control its effects, and sway our collective resolve. But Sharif refuses to accept this terminology as given, and instead turns it back on its perpetrators. "Let it matter what we call a thing," she writes. "Let me look at you." Daily I sit with the language they've made of our language to NEUTRALIZE the CAPABILITY of LOW DOLLAR VALUE ITEMs like you. You are what is referred to as a "CASUALTY." --from "Personal Effects"

American Primitive

Author: Mary Oliver

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 9780316650045

Category: Poetry

Page: 88

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Brief poems describe nature, mortality, a missing child, the lives of animals, and the beauty of the seasons

The Hatred of Poetry

Author: Ben Lerner

Publisher: FSG Originals

ISBN: 0374712336

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 96

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No art has been denounced as often as poetry. It's even bemoaned by poets: "I, too, dislike it," wrote Marianne Moore. "Many more people agree they hate poetry," Ben Lerner writes, "than can agree what poetry is. I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it and do not experience that as a contradiction because poetry and the hatred of poetry are inextricable in ways it is my purpose to explore." In this inventive and lucid essay, Lerner takes the hatred of poetry as the starting point of his defense of the art. He examines poetry's greatest haters (beginning with Plato's famous claim that an ideal city had no place for poets, who would only corrupt and mislead the young) and both its greatest and worst practitioners, providing inspired close readings of Keats, Dickinson, McGonagall, Whitman, and others. Throughout, he attempts to explain the noble failure at the heart of every truly great and truly horrible poem: the impulse to launch the experience of an individual into a timeless communal existence. In The Hatred of Poetry, Lerner has crafted an entertaining, personal, and entirely original examination of a vocation no less essential for being impossible.

Hold Your Own

Author: Kate Tempest

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1632862069

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

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My heart throws its head against my ribs, / it's denting every bone it's venting something it has known since I arrived and felt it beat. Kate Tempest, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for Brand New Ancients and widely regarded as the UK's leading spoken word poet, has produced a new poem-sequence of electrifying power. Based on the myth of the blind prophet Tiresias, Hold Your Own is a riveting tale of youth and experience, sex and love, wealth and poverty, community and alienation. Walking in the forest one morning, a young man disturbs two copulating snakes--and is punished by the goddess Hera, who turns him into a woman. This is only the beginning of his journey . . . Weaving elements of classical myth, autobiography and social commentary, Tempest uses the story of the gender-switching, clairvoyant Tiresias to create four sequences of poems, addressing childhood, manhood, womanhood, and late life. The result is a rhythmically hypnotic tour de force--and a hugely ambitious leap forward for one of the most broadly talented and compelling young writers today.

Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems

Author: Robin Coste Lewis

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1101911204

Category: Poetry

Page: 176

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"A stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure throughout time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice. Robin Coste Lewis's electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems considering the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. The central panel is the title poem, 'Voyage of the Sable Venus, ' a riveting narrative made up entirely of titles of artworks from ancient times to the present-titles that feature or in some way comment on the black female figure in Western art. Bracketed by Lewis's autobiographical poems, 'Voyage' is a tender and shocking study of the fragmentary mysteries of stereotype, as it juxtaposes our names for things with what we actually see and know. Offering a new understanding of biography and the self, this collection questions just where, historically, do ideas about the black female figure truly begin-five hundred years ago, five thousand, or even longer? And what role has art played in this ancient, often heinous story? From the 'Young Black Female Carrying / a Perfume Vase' to a 'Little Brown Girl / Girl Standing in a Tree / First Day of Voluntary / School Integration, ' this poet adores her culture and the beauty to be found within it. Yet she is also a cultural critic alert to the nuances of race and desire and how they define us all, including herself, as she explores her own sometimes painful history. Lewis's book is a thrilling aesthetic anthem to the complexity of race-a full embrace of its pleasure and horror, in equal parts." from publisher's website.

Since You've Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471122670

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 496

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Before Sloane, Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend-someone who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There's just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane? Apple picking at night?Okay, easy enough. Dance until dawn?Sure. Why not? Kiss a stranger?Wait…what? Getting through Sloane's list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her-and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter-who knows what she'll find. Go Skinny Dipping?Um…

Horse Prayers

Poems from the Prairie

Author: Anna Blake

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0996491295

Category: Pets

Page: N.A

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A collection of poetry from a small farm on the Colorado prairie; tiny stories in simple words, praise for the beautiful fragile land, and love poems to horses. This is a 106-page book of poetry and full-color photography, a softcover mini-coffee table book. Some heartfelt, some humorous, these poems are a howl to the prairie wind. I'm a woman on a farm, wonderstruck by this simple life with its plain beauty; the comfort of daily chores and bittersweet sunsets. Even my words can't look away. And the horses. This gray mare isn't over that girlish phase. None of us are, so I write love poems to horses, putting words to this equine passion that powers a central part of our lives. What is it that pulls us so fiercely to horses?