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Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid

(2006)
A collection of poems by

 
 
From one of the most important British poets at work today comes a brilliant new collection that meditates on human battles past and present, on youth and age, on monsters and underdogs, on the life of nations and the individual heart.

In Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid, we meet a writer who speaks naturally, and with frankness and restraint, for his culture. Armitage witnesses the pathos of women at work in the mock-Tudor Merrie England coffeehouses and gives us a backstage take on the world of Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger. He makes a gift to the reader of the sympathy and misery and grit buried in his nation's collective consciousness: in the distant battle depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry and in the daily lives and petty crimes of ordinary people. In poems that are sometimes lyrical, sometimes brash and comic, and full of living voices, the extraordinary and the mythic grow out of the ordinary, and figures of diminishment and tragedy shine forth as mysterious, uncelebrated exemplars. Armitage tells us ruefully that 'the future was a beautiful place, once,' and with a steady eye out for the odd mystery or joyous scrap of experience, examines our complex present instead.

AFTER THE HURRICANE

Some storm that was, to shoulder-charge the wall
in my old man's back yard and knock it flat.
But the greenhouse is sound, the chapel of glass
we glazed one morning. We glazed with morning.
And so is the hut. And so is the shed.

We sit in the ruins and drink. He smokes.
Back when, we would have built that wall again.
But today it's enough to drink and smoke
amongst mortar and bricks, here at the empire's end.

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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid
Author(s): Simon Armitage
ISBN: 0-307-26841-1 / 978-0-307-26841-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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December 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Tyrannosaurus Rex versus the Corduroy Kid
Author(s): Simon Armitage
ISBN: 0-571-23625-1 / 978-0-571-23625-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 2006 : UK Hardback

Title: Tyrannosaurus Rex/Corduroy Kid Signed ed
Author(s): Simon Armitage
ISBN: 1-84579-476-1 / 978-1-84579-476-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Tyrannosaurus Rex versus the Corduroy Kid
Author(s): Simon Armitage
ISBN: 0-571-23325-2 / 978-0-571-23325-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

October 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tyrannosaurus Rex versus the Corduroy Kid
Author(s): Simon Armitage
ISBN: 0-571-23326-0 / 978-0-571-23326-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2007 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid
Author(s): Simon Armitage
ISBN: 0-88784-761-7 / 978-0-88784-761-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid
Author(s): Simon Armitage
Publisher: Knopf
Availability: Amazon