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    DescriptionAll three-dimensional objects can be experienced in two dimensions: it just takes some careful unpicking of the seams. Witty, comic, plaintive, touching, acerbic, droll, cavalier, caffeinated, irreverent, stringent: "Austerities", the mind-altering substantial debut from Sam Riviere, seems to achieve the impossible in being all things at once. Initially conceived as a response to the 'austerity measures' implemented by the coalition government in 2011, the poems quickly began taking on a life in kind: 'cutting' themselves on levels of sentiment, structure and even subject matter. Not content to merely build a series of freethinking poems, these remarkable pieces seem eagerly and mischievously to analyze their moment of creation, then weigh their worth, then consign their excess to the recycling bin thereafter. Experience is speedy, the poems seem to say, so dizzyingly fast that the poetry will inevitably be running to catch up - often arriving at a scene the moment after the moment has gone. The effect is as funny and it is startling, beguiling as it is surprising, and makes "Austerities" a vivid reminder that deprivation, as Leonard Cohen put it, can be the mother of poetry.


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    Title
    81 Austerities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sam Riviere
    Physical properties
    Format: Electronic book text
    Number of pages: 128
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571289042
    ISBN 10: 0571289045
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    DC23: 821.92
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    31 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sam Riviere began to write poetry while at the Norwich School of Art and Design, and completed a Masters at Royal Holloway. His poems have appeared in various publications and competitions since 2005. He co-edits the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives, and is currently working towards a PhD at the University of East Anglia. He was a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award.