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Laurie Duggan - Allotments


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Laurie Duggan - Allotments

Published 2014. Paperback, 72pp, 8.5x5.5ins
ISBN 978-1-84861-355-3 [Download a PDF sampler from this book here.]
"The small poems… slowly build up to a much larger narrative; a narrative of time and memory, of thinking and looking and being in the world, a kind of history that is happening on the sidelines." —Fiona Wright
"Sceptical as I am about anti-poetry, of which there is a lot around and which can assume many different forms, the fully formed poems are not the only writing I can value in a book like this. There is too much wit, absurdity, and sheer verbal craft to be ignored." —Peter Riley
"How ferociously Duggan attends both to the there of the world ('burnt patches amid pine') and the here of writing ('I ran out of town, meaning / there was no town left') …a kind of anthropological omnivorousness, all senses extended and out moves the piece along, using (including) everything, signs petering out or not."
 —John Latta
"The upside-down peppershaker reflected on a metal table top; the note that 'the small gnats/ have ceased to wail'… and underneath a muffled drum-beat of persistent protest at the corrupt carelessness ruling so much of our planet. We called computer memory sticks thumb drives in my office. These poems have a similar function."
—Martha King

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