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This is one of those books that I really wanted to like... It is essentially Sophie's Choice but for a poetry lecturer. He has combined his lectures together with an imagined world in which the poets turn up as star guests to help with the delivery. The students, mostly adoring females, come up with questions. He heroically manages them and 'explains' the poetry. Personally it didn't work for me. I like music, poetry, prose because I connect with it and like the sound of it. Most of what he said was hard to understand and when I did, I disagreed with it. He strikes me as the sort of chap, I would think is a bit of a door handle in real life.
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I'm one of those folks you doesn't really do poetry (to paraphrase one of the characters) but this is a great book.
The setup is perplexing, but it's meant to be. There are definite shades of Robin Williams (again deliberate) and astute glimpses into contemporary uni life. Clever, bewitching and utterly unique book that may well inspire me to read or write some poems.