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Published on September 29th, 2014


Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014 by Simon Armitage

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Blurb: Paper Aeroplane: Poems 1989-2014 is the author’s own selection from across a quarter-century of work, from his debut to the latest, uncollected work. Drawing upon all of his award-winning poetry collections, including Kid, Book of Matches, The Universal Home Doctor and Seeing Stars, this generous selection provides an essential gathering of this most thrilling of poets, and is key reading for students and general readers alike. (Faber & Faber, September)

Jeremy Noel-Tod, The Sunday Times

Paper Aeroplane traces a looping course through all the work in verse, introducing readers to the ambition of 25 years’ writing as well as the limitations. Armitage’s preferred technique is a finely tuned conversational fluency: a tumbling mass of rhythm and internal rhyme that plays rippling variations on familiar phrases as it fills the page with accumulated metaphor.

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