A Stone Dog

A Stone Dog

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Thirty-some years in journalism have left little obvious trace in Aidan Semmens's poetry-though, like the sports headlines he writes for the News of the World, his verse is grounded in word-play and natural speech rhythms. In his first full-length collection he engages death, complexity, and the Authorised Version, which provides several of his titles. Other sources for his language include news magazines, war diaries, popular science and psychology texts, overheard phrases and the 2001 Aldeburgh Festival programme. This is a poetry of ideas and allusions, where, as in music or dream, any hinted-at narrative is liable to be subverted, taken to unexpected ends.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 4mm | 113g
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 184861165X
  • 9781848611658
  • 1,584,681

About Aidan Semmens

Aidan Semmens, former co-editor of Perfect Bound magazine and winner of the 1978 Chancellor's Medal for an English Poem at Cambridge, read of himself in Jacket in 2002 that he had "long given up writing poetry". His work has since been in Shearsman, Stride, Shadowtrain, Jack, Jacket, Great Works, Blackbox Manifold, Free Verse, Otoliths and Likestarlings. He lives in Suffolk, where some of his photographs have been exhibited at the Snape Maltings Gallery.
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