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Rough Music

Fiona Sampson

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ISBN: 978 1 847770 45 5
Categories: 21st Century, British, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: May 2010
216 x 135 x 5 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Something was broken – 
    like milk not rising from the floor
    to resume the shape of a jug, 
    the stone splashed
    with creamy stars – 

    from 'The Betrayal'
    '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.

    Cover painting: Marek Ormandik, Suboj (‘Combat’). Reproduced by kind permission of the artist. Cover design StephenRaw.com
    Contents

    The Betrayal 
    Zeus to Juno 
    First Theory of Movement 
    Communion 
    Skater 
    At Käsmu 
    The Code 
    Envoi 
    Rough Music or Songs without Tunes 
    Out of the Attic 
    The Miracle Tree 
    Nel Mezzo 
    Bushes and Briars 
    Saturn’s Riddle 
    In a Chalk Landscape 
    The Door 
    Charivari 
    Three Views of the Parish:
    After the Air Tattoo 
    Hayfever Portrait 
    The Lodger 
    Angels and Dirt 
    The Rain-glass 
    Amal and the Night Visitors 
    Deep Water 
    Crow Voodoo 
    Blade 
    The Sun-spot 
    From the Adulteress’s Songbook 
    Schubertiad
    Vigil 
    Charms for Love 
    The Hare 


    Fiona Sampson has been published in more than thirty languages. She has twelve books in translation, and has received the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia) and the Charles Angoff Award (US), and been shortlisted for the Evelyn Encelot Prize for European Women Poets. From 2005-2012 she was the Editor of Poetry Review ; ... read more
    Awards won by Fiona Sampson Short-listed, 2010 Fiona Sampson shortlisted amongst 10 others for the TS Eliot poetry prize.  (Rough Music)
    Praise for Fiona Sampson 'It's always been the great distinction - and the great opportunity - of Poetry Review to be at once a beacon and a lighthouse: as interested in providing a centre for good writing, as it is in estabishing and representing a wide curiosity about the many forms that good writing might take. It's especially heartening to see the magazine in such excellent health in this, its centenary year.'
    Andrew Motion
    '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
    '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
    '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
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