Dark Film by Paul Farley

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Occasionally The Dark Film indulges in the sort of tired laments for objects past that Farley's earlier poems, delivered with more inspired flair, avoided.
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The Dark Film, Paul Farley's first collection since the highly acclaimed Tramp in Flames, expands the poet's research into 'the art of seeing', and all that humans project of themselves into the world. Farley's great poetic gift is his ability to switch between the local and the universal, the present and the historical past, with the most apparently effortless of gear changes; he brings to our immediate attention things previously hidden - whether out of sight, in the periphery of our vision, or right under our noses. The Dark Film is a profound meditation on time, on the untold stories of our history, and on the act of human beholding - as well as Farley's most richly entertaining and rewarding collection to date. 'One of the most exciting of the early-career English poets. A writer who brings danger to what he describes in the title of one piece as "Big Safe Themes," Farley ranges effortlessly from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark to Google Earth' Paul Muldoon, The Week 'One of the most disarmingly original poets now writing' Alan Brownjohn, Sunday Times 'Resonant without being flashy ...lines that will stick with you for a really, really long time' Mark Haddon, Guardian 'Funny, observant, brilliantly musical . ..streetwise, erudite, elusive, but very accessible' Ruth Padel, Financial Times 'Farley is one of our most vital and engaging voices. He has the knack of both establishing and undermining the securities of memory purely through turn of phrase' W. N. Herbert, Scotland on Sunday
 

About Paul Farley

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One of our leading contemporary poets, Paul Farley is also an essayist, critic, dramatist and documentary maker. He is the author of three poetry collections, The Boy From The Chemist Is Here to See You, Ice Age, and most recently Tramp in Flames. Among his many literary awards are a Forward Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Whitbread Poetry Prize and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by Picador USA. 64 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ben Wilkinson on Apr 20 2012

Occasionally The Dark Film indulges in the sort of tired laments for objects past that Farley's earlier poems, delivered with more inspired flair, avoided.

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Reviewed by Kate Kellaway on Mar 31 2012

The most sympathetic thing about Farley's fine, hospitable, unpretentious poems is his belief in imagination as collaborative.

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