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‘A cul de sac a dead end track A sandbanked strand to sink a fleet A bay a bar a strip a trap A wrecking ground that’s Shingle Street’Blake Morrison’s first two collections Dark Glasses 1984 and The Ballad of a Yorkshire Ripper 1987 established him as one of our most inventive and accomplished contemporary po. Phenomenal collection from a poet who understands form without either sacrificing meaning to it or becoming overly dependent on it Blake Morrison is all good things

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Shingle Street

Vistas a wave unleashes a flood tide of terror; a seuence of topical poems lays bare pressing political issues; while elsewhere portraits of the past bring forth the dear and the departed Ardent and elegiac and encompassing an impressive range of mood and method this is a timely offering from a poet of distinct talen. Accessible lyrical intelligent and beautiful Read the whole collection on the train to work will now put it aside and return to it later but I really rated this Musings on mortality and memory and the erosion of the coast of Suffolk which is both symbolic and acutely observed

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EtsIn his first full length collection for nearly thirty years Shingle Street sees a return to the form with which he started his career Set along the Suffolk coast the opening poems address a receding world – an eroding landscape ‘abashed by the ocean’s passion’ But coastal life gives way to other dangerous. I like the titular poem and a couple of others in there Otherwise although I think the author probably is a very accomplished poet I didn t get the many of the poems in the bookAdmittedly I have not read a book of poetry before and the last time I even touched poetry was back in secondary school EnglishThe titular poem had a lovely cadence to it and reading it aloud was a pleasure And there definitely was a strong theme running throughout the first half of the book that I appreciatedProbably going to be appreciated by poets and avid readers of poetry than an average reader like me


8 thoughts on “Shingle Street

  1. says:

    Phenomenal collection from a poe

  2. says:

    This is Blake Morrison's first full length collection of poems since the mid 1980s Morrison has written two outstanding books the memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father? and the taut thriller The Last Weekend The others are mixed in uality and two As If and South of the River are frankly shitThe book's dominant colour is grey 'charcoal grey' like 'ash streaked mourners' 'unchanging grey the one sure thing' The opening seu

  3. says:

    Some very formal structure in these poems which I usually can't stand but he uses it so well I found myself engrossed

  4. says:

    I like the titular poem and a couple of others in there Otherwise although I think the author probably is a very accomplished poet I didn't get the many of the poems in the bookAdmittedly I have not read a book of poetry before and the last time I even touched poetry was back in secondary school EnglishThe titular poem h

  5. says:

    A moody atmospheric take on the coastline of Suffolk by a poet in full command of his craft No word is superfluous the sky sea and shoreline are full explored and the last poem Latecomer has particular resonance All I'm saying has been said before but not by me I love this collection

  6. says:

    Accessible lyrical intelligent and beautiful Read the whole collection on the train to work will now put it aside and return to it later but I really rated this Musings on mortality and memory and the erosion of t

  7. says:

    I found the sing song rhythms the end stopped lines the simple language and the very noticeable rhymes and half rhymes jarring and opaue initial

  8. says:

    35 starsLoved some of the poems others didn't work so well for me