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Holy cow! Geoffrey Hill, batting fourth in an ‘all star line up’.

Faber and Faber [from the online catalogue and commemorating ‘National Poetry Day’, the Jubilee, and ‘some of the newest young talent around’] – ‘To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy brings together a dazzling array of sixty contemporary poets to write about each of the sixty years of Her Majesty’s reign.

‘An all star line up – which includes such celebrated writers as Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke, Wendy Cope, Geoffrey Hill, Jackie Kay, Michael Longley, Andrew Motion, Don Paterson and Jo Shapcott, alongside some of the newest young talent around – address a moment or event from their chosen year, be it of personal or political significance or both.

‘Through a series of specially commissioned poems, Jubilee Lines offers a unique portrayal of the country and times in which we have lived since 1953, culminating in an essential portrait of today: the way we speak, the way we chronicle, the way we love and fight, the way we honour and remember.’

More: ‘To celebrate National Poetry Day 2012 [4 October, today!] Faber is giving away a free audio download of all sixty poems from Jubilee Lines, read by actors Dan Stevens, Samantha Bond, Lyndsey Marshal and Alex Lanipekun. Just a few clicks and the poems are yours! Download here.’ Emphasis added, though hardly required.

But wait! There’s even more! ‘Explore 60 Years in 60 Poems through sound recordings and film footage at!’

There’s also more Chronicle & Notices.

One Comment

  1. RJJ wrote:

    I read this: ‘a dazzling array of sixty contemporary poets’ and nearly pissed myself. That is the sad death of dazzle.

    This is not just over the top. This is over the ‘big top’.

    Friday, 5 October 2012 at 21:55 | Permalink

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