The Bad ueen Rules and Instructions for Marie Antoinette yGh there was a very good Tomas Salamun poem tooMy one uibble is the book bills itself as a collection of very short poems but 12 13 lines to me is not very short Very short starts at about seven lines in my opinion And the lines of some of the 12 line poems were also so long that they wrapped Lost a star for this uibble bookThis book is part of a Faber series that also includes a collection of humorous poems one of easy to memorize poems and another called Sounds Good which I can only guess gathers sonically pleasing poems I didn t buy it but I almost did and left the shop convinced I must finally get a collection of SapphoSome links forour pleasureOn Roofs of Terry Street Lavender I bought this book a while ago from a bookshop in is perfect a while ago from bookshop Oxford It is perfect dipping into and I do so often No poem is than 13 lines long and the poets and the poems are wide and varied from William Wordsworth and Thomas Hardy to Stevie Smith and Sylvia Plath The introduction by Simon Armitage is funny and entertaining and it is a lovely addition to any bookshelf Every one s a gem easy to remember et profound and often humourous nonetheless especially the last poem Some very good poems the temptation is to read too many at a sitting. Y and instructive introduction Simon Armitage pace setting poet of his generation encourages us to consider how poets over five centuries have used brevity. ,
K is with a sigh of satisfaction A fantastic choice for those perhaps new or simply dense like myself when it comes to A fantastic choice for those perhaps new or simply dense like myself when it comes to Lots of different subject matter covered and tone from the humorous to the heart breaking A lovely little treat Shame he dies in the end I read this this afternoon in the bookshop and enjoyed it a lot The book works its way down in the number of lines to ever shorter poems from 13 lines to none just a title and I must say that things improved as they went along Many of these poems were well worn ground but there were surprises and discoveries also from well known poets Sylvia Plath s The Hanging Man for example which I can t say I ve read before I also liked Glyn Maxwell s Lust Douglas Dunn s On Roofs of Terry Street Louis Macneice s The Brandy Glass and Edwin Morgan s Siesta of a Hungarian Snake I was also happy to find Medbh McGuckian s gorgeous Captain Lavender which I ve loved for ears She is out of this world On the could have done without it side if I have to read Wm Carlos Williams This is Just to Say ever again I will literally scream I promise A number of poets had than one poem including Stevie Smith James Tate and Robert Frost Very anglo too now that I think of it thou. Than that – can tell a story present a complex argument and be packed with as much passion wisdom and music as any extended piece of writing In his witt. ,
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anthologies as it rare that I like every poem in themIas it rare that I like every poem in themI given this 4 because I like the idea of collecting short poems in this case the maximum is 13 lines just short of the sonnet There is a good mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar I have jotted four new to me poems in my notebook and I enjoyed Armitage s introduction which was interesting and amusing I felt a strong obligation to include at least one haiku and for that reason have not done so Mixture of poems old and modern Some familiar but most not Enjoyed the way the poems got shorter as the book neared the end Must admit I really liked the shortest ones best and some were very clever Lots to think about TO A FRIEND IN SEARCH OF RURAL SECLUSIONWhen all else fails Try Wales I loved this anthology of poems no longer than thirteen lines I loved Simon Armitage s funny but important introduction which said a lot of things about poetry that I ve felt before but never seen written I love the way he has put the collection together starting with the longest and working through until
The Final Poem Offinal poem of lines at all beyond its title and then the collectively authored titleless wordless but meaningful pause that comes as the boo. Short and Sweet is an inspiring anthology arranged to show how the short poem defined here as no longer than thirteen lines – and sometimes a lot shorter.