Mays 17: The Best New Writing, Art + Photography from Oxford and Cambridge

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Varsity Publications Ltd, 2009 - English poetry - 168 pages
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I found this book by chance and bought it on the basis on its previously strong contributers, especially Zadie Smith. I was slightly disappointed by the huge range in quality of stories and poetry. Some of them were dull and a struggle to finish - particularly when the writer was trying too hard to be edgy. The work in this book was very raw and almost unpolished, but I enjoyed this - this is unedited work by young up-and-coming writers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities, rather than that of writers who have been in the trade for decades. The story that really stood out in the collection was Caravan by Elizabeth MacNeal, which was very well written and powerful. Marcelle Olivier's poems were also very lyrical and moving. 

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Alashiya Gordes Blow Blue Wind
Johnny Regan Orison
Michael Trafford The Imitation of Christ
Richard OBrien Futterneid
Tiffany Bergin The Bishop Confesses
Edward Maltby Anvers
Alashiya Gordes The Windowsillhouette

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Patti Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 30, 1946. She is a singer-songwriter, writer and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. She has recorded twelve albums. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has written several books including Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, Auguries of Innocence, M Train, and Just Kids, which won the Nonfiction category of the National Book Award in 2010. Her drawings, photographs, and installations have been shown at numerous venues including the Andy Warhol Museum and the Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris. In 2005, she was awarded the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, which is the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic.

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