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    Last Words (Paperback) Edited by Don Paterson, Edited by Jo Shapcott


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    DescriptionThese poems were commissioned for the last year of the century. For one week at the end of 1999 these poems form part of a festival in the city of Salisbury, flown from aircraft, written in stained glass, as tattoos, grown into fields, shown in cinemas and lit up in fireworks.

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    Last Words
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Don Paterson, Edited by Jo Shapcott
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    ISBN 13: 9780330390477
    ISBN 10: 0330390473

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC E4L: LIT
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: DCQ
    DC21: 821.91408
    BISAC V2.8: POE001000
    Thema V1.0: DCQ
    Pan MacMillan
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    Publication date
    22 October 1999
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    Review text
    The last week in October saw the English town of Salisbury transformed into a 'living book', as the Last Words project came to fruition. Commissioned by the Salisbury Festival, Last Words brought together the town's community with the work of over 90 leading British poets, including John Burnside, Carol Ann Duffy and Tom Paulin. Poems were tatooed onto skin, displayed in bus stops and in shop windows, even grown in fields. There were none of the usual poetry readings - the organisers' aim was to see if a week-long event could be sustained in a text-based way. Here is a book that enables readers at home to experience the extraordinary event to a lesser extent for themselves, containing each of the poems involved, along with a short biography of the poets. The index of titles, places and events will tell you where the poems were displayed. Gerard Woodward's 'Giant', for example, was displayed in a doll's house shop. This is an anthology with a delightful difference. (Kirkus UK)