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  • Published: 25 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473524125
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 80

Song & Dance




A Poetry Book Society Recommendation. A sense of playfulness allied to impeccable formal skill runs through this lively new collection of light verse and occasional poems from one of our most inventive and graceful poets

Jealous curses and hate poems, love lyrics and erotic dances: John Fuller has always written light verse, and Song & Dance is a boisterous and engaging collection, fizzing with intelligence and wit. There are tributes, and there are celebrations. Jokes abound in 'The Spellchecker's Guide to Poetry' and the wine is poured for 'Florio Drinking Song'. Befitting Fuller's musical ear, a host of rhythms beat time. Fans will fall on pleasingly intricate riddles and admire the high-wire gymnastics of unusual verse forms, including the inverted rhopalics of 'The Trans-sexual Circus'.

But behind the fun is some sharp criticism of literary attitudinising, and a climactic injunction, to dance while we can, preferably with each other.

  • Pub date: 25 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473524125
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 80

About the Author

John Fuller

John Fuller, born in Ashford, Kent, is an acclaimed poet and novelist. His collection Stones and Fires (1996) was awarded the Forward Prize; Ghosts (2004) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award for Poetry; The Space of Joy (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, and The Grey Among the Green (1988), Song & Dance (2008) and Pebble & I (2010) were all Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His 1983 novel Flying to Nowhere, a historical fantasy, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. He has also written collections of short stories and several books for children. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Praise for Song & Dance

“Witty, sardonic and anti-romantic...This collection is Fuller's most accessible and enjoyable yet.”

Books Quarterly


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