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The Shout: Selected Poems
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date April 4, 2005
Pages 107
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780151011186
ISBN-10 0151011184
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $23.00
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Summary
A first collection of top works to be published in the United States, written by the nationally acclaimed British poet during the past three decades, includes numerous recent poems, as well as pieces that consider such topics as yard work, politics, the fidelity of dogs, and the negotiations of lovers.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
Simon Armitage is one of Britain's most respected poets. He is considered Philip Larkin's successor in both the easy brilliance of his verse and the national acclaim he has received. His subjects have ranged from yardwork to politics, from the fidelity of dogs to the negotiations of lovers. A selection of poetry that is wry, unpretentious, and constantly inventive, The Shout collects Armitage's best work from the past three decades and includes many of his most recent poems.

Man with a Golf Ball Heart

They set about him with a knife and fork, I heard,
and spooned it out. Dunlop, dimpled, perfectly hard.
It bounced on stone but not on softer ground-they made
a note of that. They slit the skin-a leathery,
rubbery, eyelid thing-and further in, three miles
of gut or string, elastic. Inside that, a pouch
or sac of pearl-white balm or gloss, like Copydex.
It weighed in at the low end of the litmus test
but wouldn't burn, and tasted bitter, bad, resin
perhaps from a tree or plant. And it gave off gas
that caused them all to weep when they inspected it.

That heart had been an apple once, they reckoned. Green.
They had a scheme to plant an apple there again
beginning with a pip, but he rejected it.



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Hardcover
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from Houghton Mifflin (April 4, 2005)
9780151011186 | details & prices | 107 pages | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $23.00
About: Collects poems written by a British poet during the past three decades that consider such topics as yard work, politics, the fidelity of dogs, and the negotiations of lovers, and includes numerous recent poems.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Alfred a Knopf Inc (June 5, 2012)
9780375712067 | details & prices | 111 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.34 lbs | List price $18.00
About: Now in paperback, the powerful selected work of Simon Armitage, the most distinctive poetic voice of contemporary Britain.

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