Book of Matches, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


'A firework display of technique, versatility and passion.' Independent on Sunday'The crafted sincerity of this potent, lyrical collection, in which an absolutely contemporary voice concisely expresses common concerns, is everything that poetry should be.' Times Literary Supplement'The first poet of serious artistic intent since Philip Larkin to have achieved popularity . . . it is possible that he will attain the sort of proverbial status Larkin now occupies.' Sean O'Brien, The Deregulated Muse


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780571169825

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I never used to like Simon Armitage's poetry. I don't know why. Everything in the GCSE anthology we used, I hated the look of -- we weren't studying him, but I was curious and liked poetry in general, so I read everything in there. And I didn't like it.<br/><br/>But someone recently showed me a poem from this collection, 'I thought I'd write my own obituary. Instead', and I loved it, especially the line 'but he has wept the coins that rested on his eyes', but all of it really. So when I saw this collection in the library, I picked it up immediately. It doesn't take long to read through these poems, but they stick in the mind, from the first to the last. I didn't like all of them, but overall, I did like it, and I think I need to read more of Armitage's stuff. I might even pick up a copy of Book of Matches for my own poetry collection, some day.

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