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Book Title: The Not Dead|
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The size of the: 540 KB
v The author of the book: Simon Armitage
Date of issue: March 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9781904590187
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Read full description of the books The Not Dead:There are only nine poems in this book: bit slim, I thought, as I collected it from the doorstep. By about halfway through the second poem ('The Black Swans') I was thinking: God help me get through these. They're wrenchingly powerful works, made all the more so by the fact that they are adapted from the testimonies of real soldiers still suffering from the inner hell of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder. Simon Armitage has always had a genius for capturing the poetry of the vernacular, and here as elsewhere he is able to twist everyday idioms into strange shapes (the unexpected direction of the final poem 'Manhunt' is a good example).
The poems were originally screened in a documentary, read by the soldiers themselves. Some of these clips are available on youtube - watching them will prepare you for the harrowing nature of this collection. It's not one for everyone or every day, but there's more than enough pain in this slim volume to last you a lifetime. Required more than recommended.
Read information about the authorSimon Armitage, whose The Shout was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, has published ten volumes of poetry and has received numerous honors for his work. He lives in England.
Armitage's poetry collections include Book of Matches (1993) and The Dead Sea Poems (1995). He has written two novels, Little Green Man (2001) and The White Stuff (2004), as well as All Points North (1998), a collection of essays on the north of England. He produced a dramatised version of Homer's Odyssey and a collection of poetry entitled Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corduroy Kid (which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize), both of which were published in July 2006. Many of Armitage's poems appear in the AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) GCSE syllabus for English Literature in the United Kingdom. These include "Homecoming", "November", "Kid", "Hitcher", and a selection of poems from Book of Matches, most notably of these "Mother any distance...". His writing is characterised by a dry Yorkshire wit combined with "an accessible, realist style and critical seriousness."
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