The Hutton Inquiry

The Hutton Inquiry

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The political events of Summer 2003 is the setting for the main sequence of poems in "The Hutton Inquiry." The poems move quickly, as scraps of information, piecing together the picture of a summer gone wrong. The emphasis is on speed, association, guesswork - creating a mosaic from the fragmentation of political divide and rule.
The story of the nascent war in Iraq unfolds in "Progress Poems," a sequence that began as an indictment of false notions of progress, and turned into a melting-pot for harboured cynicisms: from Rupert Murdoch to Tony Blair. Jumbled in numbers from 1-2000, the poems move with the synchronicity and randomness of the internet.
The book opens with "A Taste of Verdigris", a series of mostly present-tense, lived-in poems. These poems differ from so much contemporary poetry in that they account for the fabric of daily existence before it reaches the point of retelling through the techniques of story. They press with the immediacy of the moment.
"The Smog: London Poems" is a sequence for anyone who has ever experienced the sensation of the outsider, newly arrived in London. "The London Migration Sequence" accounts for the London rookie's attempts to make ends meet, and to begin to make sense of the metropolis. The final poems in the book are a series of love poems, lighter in touch, including a nod to the French Surrealists. These poems are the secure place from which the books broader experiments can take flight.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 14mm | 240.41g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No
  • 1844710742
  • 9781844710744
  • 2,134,269

Table of contents

a taste of verdigris
a taste of verdigris
milton keynes
modern realist keep-fit poem
twilight fishing
fancy an indian
poems for lunch
michelangelo manufactured by the murdoch empire
pere lachaise cemetery
interpreting flying dreams
a piglet imperialism
two for the zoo
flossing for fishhooks
sky tree wank star
running poet's heart thinks in free verse when it rains
case study
the other tonight
dylan's bust
the garden party
dance of the victorian remote control
progress poems
# 1,502: letter to rupert murdoch regarding his smile
# 601: punk
# 1,991: kiss my arse or I'll kick your head in
# 11: wittgenstein
# 1,336: 1938
# 227: lunch-break powernap:
# 902: graduating
# 1,927: annual conference:
# 1,394: the allies
# 743: thatcher & the brighton bomb
# 1,492: tHE sTAND-dOWN cOMEDIAN:
# 185: search engines
# 838: the class divide
# 764: painting the sky:
#1,291: beyond iraq
# 800: ivor cutler
# 1,772: a drunk man compares teenage pregnancies to a horse chestnut
# 192: suburbs train
# 659: cleaning habits:
# 255: darwin
# 666: surprise visitations
# 592: theatre of war
# 1,906: bonnie & clyde
#374: revisonist theories
# 433: the jogger
# 171: mobile phone games in first class
# 1,333: defining genre:
# 555: george w. bush
# 302: indexing blighty
# 87: bakhtin's smoking habits
# 21: the martyrs
# 1,803: the lads
# 457: a perfect imagist poem
# 409: on the night bus:
# 702: the union
# 959: television networks
#1,857: media coverage
# 1,687: backseat activism
# 328: management styles:
# 1,531: internet death of chris mccabe
#278: genetically modified
# 819: barflies
# 526: some propaganda
# 972: pre-reading reception:
# 189: vincent van gogh
# 1,111: ezra pound
# 911: self-referential poetics
# 1,174: industrial reminder
# 850: red label classification in the letter library
# 1,061: sunday morning
#133: the office
# 50: james joyce
# 471: a particularised history of cocaine
# 1,002: rome; a play in ten lines
# 299: thank you tony
# 1,463: michael jackson
# 986: winter
# 1,600: in england
# 701: maslow
# 1,094: billy the kid retires, marries & turns to poetry
# 1,744: the hippocritopotamus
# 842: wittgenstein 2
# 1,231: shopping
# 170: the divorce rate
# 1,192: osama bin laden
the smog: London poems
the london weather news
three london poems
jogging in the country park
any normal day in dagenham
london migration sequence
The Hutton Inquiry
so every book is a car, then?
a new iraqi flag
a late arrival
high-risk sunday league strategy
some trinkets: for Sarah
some trinkets
a note for sarah
the girl who cried fox
a christmas poem
fairy tale: the wolf & the book
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Chris McCabe's debut is shorter than Hutton's original report, but still an impressively inventive survey of the uses of English in the early 21st century. McCabe writes with the lower-case lightness of Tom Raworth and the northern comic realism of Simon Armitage. [...] The whole book zooms by sparking with spot-on phrases. -- Jeremy Noel-Tod * The Guardian *
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About Chris McCabe

Chris McCabe was born in Liverpool in 1977. His poetry collections are The Hutton Inquiry and Zeppelins. He has recorded a CD with The Poetry Archive and written a play Shad Thames, Broken Wharf, which was performed at the London Word Festival and subsequently published by Penned in the Margins in 2010. He works as a Librarian at The Poetry Library, London, and teaches for The Poetry School.
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