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This selection covers a twenty-year period, and also includes a substantial body of new work. C.J. Allen’s witty and stylish poetry, drawing as it does on the New York School, and merging it with a British sensibility, is becoming increasingly well-known and admired.


C.J. Allen has been widely published in magazines from Modern Painters to Poetry Review, has been broadcast on BBC local radio and Radio 4, and has been a prize-winner in numerous competitions.


"‘Readability’ is a good thing in poetry but, as I understand it, it doesn’t mean ‘easy to read’; ‘readability’ in poetry means the poem is a pleasure to read and is interesting. These two qualities travel so much hand-in-hand they more or less make a tautology. For some time C. J. Allen has been one of our most consistently readable poets."

Martin Stannard


A Strange Arrangement: New and Selected Poems
C. J. Allen
ISBN: 0-9535401-5-4
£8.95 (U.K.) $15.00 (U.S)
100 pages

Publication date: January 2007

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