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‘A cul de sac a dead end track A sandbanked strand to sink a fleet A bay a bar a strip a trap A wrecking ground that’s Shingle Street’Blake Morrison’s first two collections Dark Glasses and The Ballad of a Yorkshire Ripper established him as one of our most inventive and accomplished contemporary poetsIn h. Phenomenal collection from a poet who understands form without either sacrificing meaning to it or becoming overly dependent on it Blake Morrison is all good things

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Shingle Street

Is first full length collection for nearly thirty years Shingle Street sees a return to the form with which he started his career Set along the Suffolk coast the opening poems address a receding world – an eroding landscape ‘abashed by the ocean’s passion’ But coastal life gives way to other dangerous vist. Some very formal structure in these poems which I usually can t stand but he uses it so well I found myself engrossed

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As a wave unleashes a flood tide of terror a seuence of topical poems lays bare pressing political issues while elsewhere portraits of the past bring forth the dear and the departed Ardent and elegiac and encompassing an impressive range of mood and method this is a timely offering from a poet of distinct talents.. A moody atmospheric take on the coastline of Suffolk by a poet in full command of his craft No word is superfluous the sky sea and shoreline are full explored and the last poem Latecomer has particular resonance All I m saying has been said before but not by me I love this collection


8 thoughts on “Shingle Street

  1. says:

    Phenomenal collection from a poet who understands form without either sacrificing meaning to it or becoming overly dependent on it Blake Morrison is all good things

  2. says:

    This is Blake Morrison's first full length collection of poems since the mid 1980s Morrison has written two outstanding books the memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father? and the taut thriller The Last Weekend The others are m

  3. says:

    Some very formal structure in these poems which I usually can't stand but he uses it so well I found myself engrossed

  4. says:

    I like the titular poem and a couple of others in there Otherwise although I think the author probably is a very accomplished poet I didn't get the many of the poems in the bookAdmittedly I have not read a book of poetry

  5. says:

    A moody atmospheric take on the coastline of Suffolk by a poet in full command of his craft No word is superfluous the sky sea and shoreline are full explored and the last poem Latecomer has particular resonance All I'm saying has been said before but not by me I love this collection

  6. says:

    Accessible lyrical intelligent and beautiful Read the whole collection on the train to work will now put it aside and return to it later but I really rated this Musings on mortality and memory and the erosion of the coast

  7. says:

    I found the sing song rhythms the end stopped lines the simple language and the very noticeable rhymes and half rhymes jarring and opaue initially Reading some poems over I've enjoyed them but haven't yet found any to be very profound or moving

  8. says:

    35 starsLoved some of the poems others didn't work so well for me

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