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Zoom! by Simon Armitage - signed


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This copy of Zoom! has been signed by the author, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage. It was signed here at Salts Mill in December 2020. 

Zoom! was Armitage's first full collection, written while still working as a probation officer in Ashton-under-Lyne. It was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award 1989.

'You couldn't mistake Simon Armitage for any other poet. He has found his voice early, and it really is his own voice – his language and rhythms draw from the Pennine village where he lives: robust, no-nonsense and (above all) honest'

'His concerns are primarily social, whether about a cricket match, a love affair or his tour-de-force life of a ten pence piece. What is special is the combination of integrity, a seemingly effortless (and inexhaustible) invention, and a quite remarkable technical accomplishment. In this he reminds me of early Auden, a comparison that doesn't strike me as extravagant.'

'A few poems into the book you think "He can't keep this pace up", but you're wrong. As you turn the page you find something even more rich in detail and arresting imagery, poems that are finished pieces in themselves but which comment on and amplify each other'. - Peter Sansom, The Poetry Business

Published by Bloodaxe
Pages: 80
Size: 216 x 138mm