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Standard Midland by Roy Fisher
  

Standard Midland

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Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2010.

Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges' comment:
"Witty, profound and moving meditations on loss and ageing; a wonderfully varied testament to a very English blend of imagination and reserve."

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Roy Fisher is known internationally for his witty, anarchic poetry which plays the language, pleasures the imagination and teases the senses. But he is at heart an English Midlander.
In Standard Midland, he confronts and worries at nuances of perception and the politics of understanding. Many of the poems are concerned with landscapes, experienced, imagined or painted, particularly the scarred and beautiful North Midlands landscape in which he has lived for nearly thirty years.

Synopsis

Standard Midland by Roy Fisher

Standard Midland contains work mostly written since his Bloodaxe retrospective The Long and the Short of It: Poems 1955-2005 and his texts for the artist's book Tabernacle, his recent collaboration with Ronald King. Publication coincides with his 80th birthday.

Reviews

'The personality that emerges from Fisher's poetry, for all his influences, is altogether English: ironic, humorous, self-deprecating and unpretentiously local' - Elaine Feinstein

'A poet of cities in growth and in dereliction - His knowledge of urban landscape is formidable, and expressed with an originality of touch which makes these poems, at their best, revelatory' - Helen Dunmore

‘Fisher’s fineness lies in the extraordinary, intimate communication he achieves. He accomplishes this through the medium of a sophisticated, well-mannered art…a real respect for his own and his reader’s individuality’
Anne Cluysenaar

‘There is no poet alive whose work has challenged or interested me more’ – August Kleinzahler

About the Author

Roy Fisher

Roy Fisher has published over 30 poetry books, and has been 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 has published three 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 The Dow Low Drop: New & Selected Poems (1996) was superseded by his later retrospective, The Long and the Short of It: Poems 1955-2005 (2005), and followed by his most recent collection, Standard Midland (2010), published on his 80th birthday. His first US selected poems, edited by August Kleinzahler, is due from Flood Editions in 2011.

Born in 1930 in Handsworth, Birmingham, he retired as Senior Lecturer in American Studies from Keele University in 1982. He is a freelance writer and jazz musician, and lives in Derbyshire.

Author photo © Caroline Forbes (The Poetry Archive)

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Publication date

30th June 2010

Author

Roy Fisher

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Bloodaxe Books Ltd

Format

Paperback

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ISBN

9781852248703

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