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Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems - Simon Armitage

Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems - Simon Armitage

Title: Magnetic Field

Author:  Simon Armitage

ISBN:  9780571361441

Weight:  651g

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Magnetic Field by Simon Armitage

Growing up in Marsden among the hills of West Yorkshire, Simon Armitage has always associated his early poetic experiences with the night-time view from his bedroom window, those ‘private, moonstruck observations’ and the clockwork comings and goings in the village providing rich subject matter for his first poems.  Decades on, that window continues to operate as both framework and focal point for the writing, the vastness of the surrounding moors always at his shoulder and forming a constant psychological backdrop, no matter how much time has elapsed and how distant those experiences.

Magnetic Field brings together Armitage’s Marsden poems, from his very first pamphlet to new work from a forthcoming collection.  It offers personal insight into a preoccupation that shows no signs of fading, and his perspective on a locality he describes as ‘transcendent and transgressive’, a genuinely unique region forming a frontier territory between many different worlds.  Magnetic Field also invites questions about the forging of identity, the precariousness of memory, and our attachment to certain places and the forces they exert.

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Attribute Details
Title: Magnetic Field
Subtitle The Marsden Poems
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date:
Printed by: TJ International, Padstow
ISBN 13: 9780571361441
ISBN 10: 0571361447
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 89
Size (h x w x d): 222 x 147 x 15mm
Image and Design Credits
Design Faber
Jacket image Adapted from an original photograph, courtesy of the author
Maps Neil Gower

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