Pandorama

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Pan Macmillan, Dec 22, 2011 - Poetry - 64 pages
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Ian Duhig’s erudite, compassionate and often wonderfully droll poetry sits at the intersection of the literary and folk traditions, and moves in an easy and masterly fashion between them. While this has lent his verse an enviable musicality and force, it has also written him a visa to places poets rarely venture. In Pandorama, Duhig has mined poems and songs from the work-camps of England’s itinerant navvies, jihadist training-grounds on the Yorkshire moors, football terraces, and meetings of the National Fancy Rat Society – and has painted a far truer picture of Britain’s cultural diversity than most documentary accounts are able to give us.

It is also one we would rather not confront. Duhig was always an elegist of great power, but never more so than in the quiet and focused anger with which he memorializes the tragic figure of David Oluwale, a Nigerian immigrant whose appalling racial harassment led to his death. With Pandorama, poetry’s finest social historian has delivered a riveting book, its vision as broad and unsettling as its title suggests.

‘The most original poet of his generation’ Carol Ann Duffy, Guardian

‘His poetry is learned, rude, elegant, sly and funny, mixing gilded images, belly-laughs and esoteric lore about language (including Irish), art, history, politics and children’s word-games’ Ruth Padel, Independent on Sunday

 

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Contents

goths
Boxeur Nčgre
Rough Music
Charivari
Strata Smith
Jingwei Birds
Jericho Shanty
Chang Cheng
Jericho Shandy
A Room With A View
Night Cube
A Gift of Boxes
Death Panels
The Origin of Pestilence
A Summers Fancy
Year of the Rat Rat of the Year

Unmaking
Róisín Bán
Beggars Song
Via Negativa
Flooding Back
from The Masque of Blankness
Border Ballad
Glass Darkly
Whistling Or Just After
Braques Drum
Alferi Stock
Heredity
My Grandfathers SeedFiddle
Closed Inquiry
The Grassington Mandala
False Friends
Hollow Man
Rombalds Moor
Lying Over the Ground
Notes
Acknowledgements
Pandorama
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Ian Duhig worked with homeless people for fifteen years before devoting himself to writing activities full-time. He has won the Forward Best Poem Prize once and the National Poetry Competition twice. His last two books with Picador, The Lammas Hireling (2003) and The Speed of Dark (2007), were both PBS Choices and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. His most recent short story appeared in The New Uncanny, winner of the Shirley Jackson Best Anthology Award for 2008, and his most recent musical collaboration, with the Clerks early music consort, on their CD Dont' Talk - Just Listen (Signum 2009). He lives in Leeds with his wife Jane and their son Owen.

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