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The Sugar Mile

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This stirring verse narrative begins when the poet steps into an uptown Manhattan bar a few days before September 11, 2001. Encountering Joe Stone, a fellow Brit and a barstool regular, the narrator becomes the fated scribe of Joe's memories of London's "Black Saturday," the start of the worst of the Blitz during World War II. As the old man's haunting recollections of the ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Mariner Books
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Caroline
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Glyn Maxwell is a British poet who lives in the States. The Sugar Mile is his eight collection. It takes place over the weekend of 8th and 9th September 2011 and Saturday 7th September 1940. The sugar mile refers to the Tate and Lyle factory in London which was bombed during the blitz. This is poetry in voices, Maxwell is also a playwright and it shows… there’s Raul the bar tender in who is looking forward to his new job

That there ain’t nobody else in New York City
paid so high? Windows on the Wo
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Amy
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good, and at the same time hard to read. I don't usually seek out poetry "about" a specific topic, but I really liked this book, which is (sort of) about New York after 9/11. The language is terrific; Derek Walcott was right when he said that Glyn Maxwell can do more with conversational asides than anyone else--they made the whole thing even more real for me. This is poetry as therapy, in all the most beautiful and evocative ways.
Debbie Darwine
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of narrative poetry
This collection of linked poems does an amazing job of setting you down into the London Blitz, with all of the confusion and terror that the residents must have felt, as people wander through the rubble that was their homes and worry about missing family members. The reader experiences the poems mostly as the musings of an old man, a survivor of the Blitz, in a New York tavern a few days before the September 11 attacks, which makes them especially haunting. Beautiful and sad.
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Glyn Maxwell is a poet and playwright. He has also written novels, opera libretti, screenplay and criticism.

His nine volumes of poetry include The Breakage, Hide Now, and Pluto, all of which were shortlisted for either the Forward or T. S. Eliot Prizes, and The Nerve, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He was one of the original ‘New Generation Poets’ in 1993, along with Simon Armitage,
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