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Long and the Short of It By Roy Fisher

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Expanded edition of Roy Fisher's definitive retrospective edition to which the Costa-shortlisted "Standard Midland" (2010) has been added.
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Long and the Short of It: Poems 1955-2010 by Roy Fisher

This new expanded edition of "The Long and the Short of It" covers 55 years of Roy Fisher's poetry. Playing the language, pleasuring the imagination and teasing the senses, Fisher's witty, inventive and anarchic poetry has given lasting delight to his many dedicated readers for over half a century. Choosing this book on "Desert Island Discs", Ian McMillan praised Fisher as "Britain's greatest living poet". "The Long and the Short of It" draws on the entire range of Fisher's work, from its fraught beginnings in the 1950s through major texts of the 1960s and 1970s as "City", "The Ship's Orchestra" and 'Wonders of Obligation' to "A Furnace", his 1980s masterpiece, and and then the later work set in the scarred and beautiful North Midlands landscape where he has lived for the past 30 years, notably the Costa-shortlisted "Standard Midland" (2010), which has been added to this expanded edition.

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Long and the Short of It Reviews


'Fisher stands outside, or alongside, whatever else is happening, an English late modernist whose experiments tend to come off. He is a poet of the city - his native Birmingham, which he describes as "what I think with". He is a redeemer of the ordinary, often a great artist of the visible - His range is large: he suits both extreme brevity and book-length exploration; his seeming improvisations have a way of turning into architecture. The best place to start is "The Long and the Short of It". It might look and sound like nothing on earth at first, but then it becomes indispensable' - Sean O'Brien, Guardian. 'There is no poet alive whose work has challenged or interested me more' - August Kleinzahler. 'Anyone who doubts that contemporary poetry can be intellectually and formally daring without being strictly for lecturers and fanatics should read this book' - William Wootten, Guardian.

About Roy Fisher


Roy Fisher (1930-2017) published over 30 poetry books, and was the subject of numerous critical essays and several studies, including The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Essays on the Poetry of Roy Fisher, edited by Peter Robinson and John Kerrigan (Liverpool University Press, 2000), and of The Unofficial Roy Fisher, edited by Peter Robinson (Shearsman Books, 2010). He published four books with Bloodaxe. The Dow Low Drop: New & Selected Poems (1996) was superseded by his later retrospective, The Long and the Short of It: Poems 1955-2005 (2005), and followed by Standard Midland (2010), published on his 80th birthday, which was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. An expanded edition, The Long and the Short of It: Poems 1955-2010 - including Standard Midland - was published in 2012. His first US Selected Poems, edited by August Kleinzahler, was published by Flood Editions in 2011. His final collection, Slakki: New & Neglected Poems (2016) is a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. Born in Handsworth, Birmingham, he retired as Senior Lecturer in American Studies from Keele University in 1982. He was also a jazz musician, and lived in the Derbyshire Peak District in his later years.

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GOR010752410
Long and the Short of It: Poems 1955-2010 by Roy Fisher
Roy Fisher
Used - Like New
Paperback
Bloodaxe Books Ltd
2012-02-29
432
1852249595
9781852249595
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.