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To Fold the Evening Star: New & Selected Poems by Ian McMillan

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April is the Cruellest Month
might seem like a strange name for a dog,
and sometimes I think it is
when I’m shouting her name
on the high moors
in the driving wind . . .
from ‘My Dog’
Ian McMillan is among Britain’s most treasured living poets. His books of poems, stories and non-fiction have delighted audiences for almost forty years. To Fold the Evening Star gathers work from eight key collections, distilling an essence of McMillan’s diversiform poetry and short prose. Hilarity and tenderness, gravity and light, are interwoven into a bountiful poetic fibre. Brought up to date by a series of new and previously unpublished work, To Fold the Evening Star will satisy both the curious newcomer and the familiar reader alike, providing an ample, lively assortment of the work.
‘A force of nature.’

‘Inching towards the status of a National Treasure.’
Andy Kershaw
‘World-class – one of today’s greatest poetry performers.’
Carol Ann Duffy
‘It’s impossible not to like McMillan. If they made him Poet Laureate on Friday, a lot more people would be reading poetry by Monday.’

‘An inspiring figure, an encouraging & democratic spirit, a strong & popular poet and one of the funniest people in Britain.’
Poetry News

‘The verbal gymnastics of a north country Spike Milligan coupled with the comic timing of Eric Morecambe.’
Frome Festival
‘The John Peel of poetry.’
Alec Finlay



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