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Last Poems and Tributes
Ken Smith was a major voice in world poetry, his work and example inspiring a whole generation of younger British poets. He collected his poetry from four decades in two volumes, the second being Shed: Poems 1980-2001, published the year before his untimely death in 2003. You Again includes all his last poems as well as other uncollected work, along with tributes from other poets, photographs, a biographical portrait and interviews covering the whole range of his life and work. Ken Smith's poetry shifted territory with time, from rural Yorkshire, America and London to the war-ravaged Balkans and Eastern Europe (before and after Communism). His early books span a transition from a preoccupation with land and myth to his later engagement with urban Britain and the politics of radical disaffection.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"'Ken Smith brought an original and memorable voice to poetry in Britain. He spent his writing life not so much swimming against the tide as ignoring the stream's existence... He was one of those by whom the language lives' - Sean O'Brien, Independent 'Ken Smith was a great poet...His last retrospective collection, Shed, confirmed the immense power of his poetry' - Jon Glover, Guardian"