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Frank Kuppner

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  • Frank Kuppner was born in Glasgow in 1951. This is his eleventh Carcanet collection. The first, A Bad Day for the Sung Dynasty, was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Book award in 1984. Second Best Moments in Chinese History received the same award in 1997. A novelist as well as a poet, he received the McVitie’s Prize for his fiction in 1995. He has been Writer in Residence at the universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Glasgow.
    Praise for Frank Kuppner 'He writes with the bemused urgency of someone who has only just noticed that nothing whatsoever makes any sense... Kuppner risks playing with bathos and sarcasm, outright silliness and sheer smut...'
    Sunday Herald
    'Kuppner is a first-class parodist... a poet of immense intellectual and comic power, without whose cosmic interrogations the universe would be poorer.'
    Poetry Review
    'Life is, of course, a substitute for dreams,' Kuppner writes. And reading him is like being in a dream. The outcome is a tour de force of unsense, not nonsense.'
    Peter Porter, the Observer
    'Kuppner has one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British poetry.'
    London Review of Books
    'Frank Kuppner is a poet of immense intellectual and comic power, without whose cosmic interrogations the universe would be poorer.' Aingeal Clare, Poetry Review 'Kuppner has been one of the most interesting Scottish writers of the past 20 years.'
    William Wooten, the Guardian
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