Last Words

Last Words


Edited by Don Paterson, Edited by Jo Shapcott

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm 200g
  • Publication date: 22 October 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330390473
  • ISBN 13: 9780330390477

Product description

These 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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Editorial reviews

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)