finding gobi join us on facebook lyrebird
Search our site
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell Read the opening extract of the brand new Bernard Cornwell book before its publication on 19/10/2017

Standard Midland by Roy Fisher
  

Standard Midland

Poetry   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   

RRP £7.95

Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Download an extract Share this book

Lovereading view...

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."

The Lovereading view...

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)

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

30th June 2010

Author

Roy Fisher

More books by Roy Fisher
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Bloodaxe Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
64 pages

Categories

Poetry
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Poetry by individual poets

ISBN

9781852248703

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!

Lindsay

What can I say, the clue is in the title Lovereading - and awesome books.

Sarah Davis

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

Lovereading is not only an amazing site, but it's one of my very favourites. It's like visiting a fascinating bookstore, but better.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett

Lovereading tells me about new books before they hit the shelves, lets me find other authors I may like and has great prize draws!

Sheila Dale

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

I love the honest opinions, recommendations for every genre and every reader, wish lists and Like for Like.

Amrita Dasgupta

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools