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  1. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly says:

    Actually strange poems for strange times Only a few are from known poets Many are from strangers Several I like very much but for obvious reasons the one by Hugo Williams called “When I Grow Up” is at the top of my list It goesWhen I grow up I want to have a bad legI want to limp down the street I live inwithout knowing where I am I want the diseasewhere you put your hand on your hipand lean forward slightly groaning to yourselfIf a little boy asks me the wayI’ll try and touch him between the legsWhat a dirty old man I’m going to be when I grow upWhat shall we do with me?I promise I’ll be goodif you let me fall over in the streetand lie there calling like a baby bird Pleasenobody come I’m perfectly all right I like it hereI wonder would it be possible to get me into a National Health Hospicesomewhere in Manchester?I’ll stand in the middle of my cubicleholding onto a piece of string for safetyshaking like a leaf at the thought of my suitcaseI’d certainly like to have a nervous ticso I can purse my lips up all the timelike Cecil Beaton Can I be completely bald please?I love the smell of old peeWhy can’t I smell like that?When I grow up I want a thin piece of steelinserted into my penis for some reasonNobody’s to tell me why it’s there I want to guessTell me is that a bottle of old Burgundyunder my bed? I never can tellif I feel randy any can you?I think it’s only fair that I should be allowedto cough up a bit of blood when I feel like itMy daughter will bring me a special air cushionto hold me upright and I’ll watchin baffled admiration as she blows it up for meHere’s my list nappies story books munchiessomething else What was the other thing?I can’t remember exactlybut when I grow up I’ll know When I grow upI’ll pluck at my bedclothes to collect lost thoughtsI’ll roll them into balls and swallow them

  2. Russio Russio says:

    Poems are such personal things and the early part of this collection resisted me greatly In fact it wasn’t until about half way through that it really hit its strideConnected by an invisible thread of themes so that each poem fits well with the next although not necessarily in the same way as before there is pleasure to be had in plotting the course I loved 51 of the poems and uite liked lot the hit rate was about one in two which is not bad at all What is most were poems and sometimes poets I had never before encountered The collection is subtitled Poems for Strange Times and was published in1994 Looking back from the era of BrexitPutin andTrump makes one yearn for such simple times again

  3. Victoria Grigg Victoria Grigg says:

    Visceral soulful selection A great way into poetry

  4. Tom Houlton Tom Houlton says:

    A mixed bag 50% mediocre 30% good and 20% outstanding Opens you to a lot of poets you might have never known though and contains some powerful stuff

  5. Mark Glover Mark Glover says:

    I have been reading this collection of poems along with the excellent Rattle Bag for about the past two years dipping into it every few days before bed and reading one or two poems both collections being excellently suited for such a purpose I have thoroughly enjoyed both volumes and feel both are very well thought out and wide ranging collections Having tried reading single poet volumes I must say I far prefer the idea of an anthology given that many poets often pursue the same themes throughout their work which can get a little tedious at times I have recently returned to reading poetryin the last 10 years and think that there is much to offer in the poets realm especially in current times where social media and constant visual stimulation is like caffeine to the eyeballs and the soul invigorating but probably not all that good for you As such poetry's greatest gift is that it forces you to slow down your reading and take in every word line and stanza This slowing down lends itself to uncovering the true beauty of poetry and in much the same way that you will get from staring intently at one painting than rushing through a gallery it allows you to appreciate both the subtlety of the form and its true value Unfortunately I feel the way poetry is taught takes away from the actual emotional impact of the poem and it is little surprise that so few read after they leave school I feel that with poetry we can get as much as we do from a novel; an insight into a place a time an emotion a mindset a character but in a far succinct manner and in a form that is ideally suited for the time poor Not everyone can wade through a 1000 page novel to get an insight into what the author has to offer but by reading a poem and stepping away from the bustle of daily life we can gain valuable insight and enjoyment in a bite sized form

  6. Pamela Scott Pamela Scott says:

    Emergency Kit is good collection of poems The poets and poems featured are diverse Some great poets are included such as Seamus Heaney Anne Sexton Liz Lochhead one of my favourite poets Robert Graves Fleur Adcock and Elizabeth Bishop to name but a few There are some excellent poems in this collection and my personal favourites are Hamnavoe Market by George Mackay Brown My Rival’s House by Liz Lochhead Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead by Kathleen Jamie Ecstasy by Sharon Olds and The Applicant by Sylvia Plath I enjoyed this collection but it’s not uite as good as Staying Alive from Bloodaxe Books The main issue I had with this collection is that the poems are all lumped together Staying Alive organises the poems into groups ie Body and Soul Roads Dead or Alive I thought the structure of Emergency Kit needed a bit of a work Emergency Kit is a diverse enjoyable collection

  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I wasn't expecting cosiness from the introduction it was clear they were looking for 'edgy' However I was disappointed to find so few poems in this collection that resonated with me most of those that did were already known to me and surprised to find uite so many impenetrable I did enjoy and want to 'keep' in my mind 'Rat O Rat' by Christopher Logue

  8. Angela Young Angela Young says:

    What an inspired idea to put together an anthology of poetry to help us face the things we face in our lives Far better than medicine every time Actually it is medicine in the sense Clarissa Pinkola Estes means in Women who Run with the Wolves

  9. Juliet Wilson Juliet Wilson says:

    A wonderful selection of pems to make sense of todays crazy world This is not a 'poetry to pick you up when you are down' collection but a real anthology of truly meaningful poetry that can be read over and over again

  10. Nina Milton Nina Milton says:

    EMERGENCY KIT If you should want just one large anthology of recent poems I would recommend this one as it is both disturbing and exuberant and brings renown poets between the same covers as lesser known ones

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Emergency Kit Emergency Kit is an anthology with many differences It is to begin with a book which gives prominence to poems rather than to the poets who wrote them It is truly international bringing together poems not just from these islands but from many parts of the English speaking world It is the first book to identify a strain in the poetry of the last half century which is characteristic of the 'strange times' we live in an age when as the editors note scientific discovery itself has encouraged us to 'make free with the boundaries of realism' It values imagination surprise vivid expression the outlandish and the playful above ideology and sententiousness It is in short living proof that poetry in the English language continues to thrive and to matter

  • Paperback
  • 306 pages
  • Emergency Kit
  • Jo Shapcott
  • English
  • 08 March 2015
  • 9780571223008

About the Author: Jo Shapcott

She was an undergraduate at Trinity College Dublin She is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College University of London where she teaches on the MA in Creative Writing She is the current President of The Poetry SocietyHer Book Poems 1988 1998 2000 consists of a selection of poetry from her three earlier collections Electroplating the Baby 1988 which won the Commonwealt