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Rough Music

Rough Music

Fiona Sampson

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'Rough music' is the old English name for a custom of public scapegoating.

This is a book full of disturbing musical echoes, in which brilliant renewals of carol, charm, folksong and ballad explore themes of violence, loss and belonging.

Fiona Sampson's characteristic lyric intensity deftly fuses metaphysics and politics with the vernacular of daily life. From reviews of Common Prayer: Urgent, acrobatically alert poems alternate with the comparative stillness of a series of love sonnets.

Here, too, the imagination is always at work, demonstrating that curiosity is a form of passion. - Sean O'Brien, The Sunday Times

That she is also a very fine poet indeed seems almost impertinent of her, but that is what she is… Sampson's free verse soon surprises by its seductive ease and its vivid rendition of he ordinary, material world. This perfect equilibrium between the numinous and the touchable is typical of Sampson's achievement. - Adam Thorpe, the Guardian

Fiona Sampson burst onto the literary landscape as the brilliant young editor of Poetry Review a couple of years ago. In Common Prayer, her subject is darkness of many kinds, erotic or lonely, histories of Eastern Europe, abandonment. She finds a subtle suggestion of sexual gesture in unexpected places. - Elaine Feinstein, The Times

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Author Fiona Sampson
Publisher Carcanet
Publication date 1 May 2010
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781847770455

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