All Shook Up: Poems 1997-2000

Author(s) : Adrian Mitchell

All Shook Up: Poems 1997-2000

Book Details

  • Publisher : Bloodaxe Books
  • Published : October 2000
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 128
  • Category :
    Popular Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 95571
  • ISBN 13 : 9781852245139
  • ISBN 10 : 1852245131
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Adrian Mitchell's poetry's simplicity, clarity, passion and humour show his allegiance to a vital, popular tradition embracing William Blake as well as the ballads and the blues. His most nakedly political poems - about war, Vietnam, prisons and racism - became part of the folklore of the Left, sung and recited at demonstrations and mass rallies. His childlike questioning was a constant reminder from the 60s onwards that poetry is first and foremost an assertion of the human spirit. A pacifist prophet who remained true to his heartfelt beliefs, Mitchell reported back for over half a century from a world blighted by war, compromise, double-talk and pragmatism without losing his innocence, integrity and impish sense of humour. Angela Carter described him as a 'joyous, acrid and demotic tumbling lyricist Pied Piper determinedly singing us away from catastrophe'. All Shook Up is a tangled jungle of daydreams, pacifist kick-boxing, blues reports, animal caresses, songs of the howling desert and hospital jokes. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Now out of print, the whole collection is included in Come On Everybody: Poems 1953-2008.

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