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I Found This Shirt
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (128 pages)
(Pub. Sep 1998)
Hello. I am the average English poem.
Hello. I like to be friendly,
Approachable. Hello, I am happy
To share my observations of
Nature. I have noticed that at
Certain times of the year, seasons change.
I weep when I visit relatives
In hospital, and I am reminded
Of happier times.. My sleek lover
Turns out to be a cat! Hello!
I Found This Shirt is a sack of poems and prose pieces that continue Ian McMillan's obsessive exploration of self, place, history and comedy: from columns for BBC Radio 4, to a poetic journal of a Mexican visit; from poems written especially for Arts Management Weekly to poems rejected by editors as too Bizarre for children.
The centre where Ian McMillan finds his shirt is a wide area, but at the very centre of that centre is his native Barnsley and environs, the inexhaustible field of his human researches and the source of his voice's timbre. McMillan's unstinting work in schools, his radio and television programmes make him a uniquely qualified commentator on landscapes and lives which survive unobserved and overlooked.
Praise for Ian McMillan
'The John Peel of poetry.'
Alec Finlay'An inspiring figure, an encouraging & democratic spirit, a strong & popular poet and one of the funniest people in Britain.'
Poetry News'World-class - one of today's greatest poetry performers.'
Carol Ann Duffy'A force of nature.'
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