Bloodshot Monochrome

Bloodshot Monochrome A glorious poetic take on all things black white and readReinventing the sonnet Patience Agbabi shines her euphoric musical lines on everything from growing up to growing old from Northern Soul t

  • Title: Bloodshot Monochrome
  • Author: Patience Agbabi
  • ISBN: 9781847671530
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • A glorious poetic take on all things black, white, and readReinventing the sonnet, Patience Agbabi shines her euphoric, musical lines on everything from growing up to growing old, from Northern Soul to contract killers, from the retro to the brand new Whether resurrecting the dead in Problem Pages, playing out noir dramas in Vicious Circle, or capturing moments of her ownA glorious poetic take on all things black, white, and readReinventing the sonnet, Patience Agbabi shines her euphoric, musical lines on everything from growing up to growing old, from Northern Soul to contract killers, from the retro to the brand new Whether resurrecting the dead in Problem Pages, playing out noir dramas in Vicious Circle, or capturing moments of her own life in perfect snapshot, Agbabi s verse is sublimely lyrical and spiked with gleeful humor.

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    1. Every morning and afternoon I take a bus that travels through the East of London, making stops in Hackney and Dalston. Bastions once of the English white working class, they are now neighbourhoods made up mostly of descendants of the African and Caribbean immigrants that arrived in Britain in the last fifty years. Poems by a black woman born in Britain (such as Patience Agbabi) are, therefore, the perfect companions to these bus rides, that seem to jump so often from the page onto the side-walk [...]

    2. Really sharp, energetic and colourful poetry, a cocktail of feeling, textures and dark humour that contains issues of race, noir drama and problem pages for famous poets. Some poems I still don't understand, since you do have to decode them, but after a few readings I understood most of them. My favourite poem has to be 'Eat Me', which is all about a feeder/feedee relationship. If you don't know what that is, look it up.

    3. Well, I wanted poetry that complicates my view of the world and this certainly delivers. There's a visceral quality, a willingness to deal with the "not nice" that I appreciate, though many of the poems I might enjoy more heard out loud. The focus and craft (that word again) of the sonnets is quite wonderful. And, yes, being white adds a further conundrum to my response.

    4. Really interesting body of workI enjoyed this collection. There was a lot of interesting pieces in this book, several of which I'd never read anything like before. Visceral, like a punch in the stomach. I look forward to rereading.

    5. It's a thin book. However, if you're about to become the romper room for someone else's narratives, neuroses and hang-ups, it's cheery that the book is at least thin. They won't be here long. Maybe you can cope.So Patience enters your romper room. 'Shots', the first of the five parts of this poetry collection, turns it around. She wants neither to invade, nor to assault. You've been invited into her sitting room, sat down with a glass of wine, and she gently soothes you with her lyrical voice. D [...]

    6. Poetry bears a stronger author fingerprint from other forms of modern literature. Thereby it feels harder to find poetry you connect with. Patience Agbabi seems to have a different background and lifestyle than me, so the poems themselves seem to slide in and out of focus. After a few I realise I have to hope for enjoyment and appreciation of the writing rather than any true understanding of the content.I enjoyed the way Agbabi brings together traditional and less obvious poetry forms and the wa [...]

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