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From the bars of Prague and London’s docklands to the mountains of Afghanistan and the makeshift picture-house of a ramshackle Laurel & Hardy museum, the poems which make up What was that? cast a sharp eye on contemporary life and culture while glancing back at a fast-receding century. Whether exploring art or love, contemplating the fallout of recent world events or eulogising the Austin 1800, Tim Turnbull shows great insight and dexterity coupled with an irresistible, earthy, comic touch.
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Even for those of us who are fans of Tim Turnbull’s earlier work, this is an astonishingly good collection. There is a common perception that well-crafted rhyming poetry is rare these days, except for the "light verse" of poets such as Wendy Cope and Sophie Hannah, but whilst Turnbull may be comic he is by no means "light". There are serious, disturbing, heartbreaking poems in this pocket-book - from the car crash scene of ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’ to the staggering ‘9/11’, where the disaster is first heard of in a butcher’s shop. Everywhere in What was that? we come across remarkable daring - Laurel and Hardy are juxtaposed with the U.S. Marines at My Lai, whilst in Turnbull’s bold response to Larkin, ‘Not the Whitsun Weddings’, the train fills up with bawdy "Stags" and "Hennies" heading north in the wake of the Potters Bar rail disaster. From the vicious satire of ‘Revolutionary Art’ to the darkly humorous love lyric ‘Succubus’, where love "is two parts terror to one part despair," Turnbull continually surprises. This an authentic and original vision of a world where lasses and Loaded rub shoulders with high culture and high tragedy. Plus he rhymes Tony Blair with oily hair. Read on and enjoy. - Clare Pollard
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Book Description Donut Press, 2004. Condition: Very Good. 1601914462. Seller Inventory # U9780954198343
Book Description Donut Press, 2004. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR008272466
Book Description Donut Press, 2004. Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. In good all round condition. Please note the Image in this listing is a stock photo and may not match the covers of the actual item,100grams, ISBN:9780954198343. Seller Inventory # 8528480
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Like New. Dispatched from UK bookshop within one working day.Very light use, FINE or better, very minor shelf wear. For non-UK markets items of 1.5 kg or more may require an additional shipping charge. Seller Inventory # HBS-00252970-B