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I Found This Shirt

Ian McMillan

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ISBN: 978 1 857543 36 0
Categories: Humour
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 1998
215 x 135 x 7 mm
128 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • 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.
    Ian McMillan was born in Barnsley in 1956. He published his first Carcanet book of poems, The Changing Problem, in 1980. Now It Can Be Told appeared in 1983, Dad, the Donkey's On Fire in 1994. Selected Poems (Poetry Book Society Recommendation) has gone through several printings, and I Found ... read more
    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.'
    Guardian
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