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Alternative Beach Sports

Authors: Michelle Madsen

Published by Burning Eye Books

ISBN: 9781909136212

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Michelle Madsen is a good example of a generation of young poets who have learnt their craft by performing live. If you only encountered her poetry on the page however, you would have no idea that the term “performance poet” could apply.

The poems collected here show a flair for structure and technique that only serves to strengthen work written first and foremost with the microphone in mind. From wild romance to dark satire Michelle’s poetry contemplates love, lust, physics, politics, identity and gastronomic oddities.

Michelle Madsen is a poet and business journalist. The founder and host of Hammer and Tongue London, part of the UK’s largest slam poetry network. Michelle has featured on stages as far afield as San Francisco, Berlin, Buenos Aires and Aarhus and performed at Latitude, the Secret Garden Party, Bestival and Glastonbury. In 2012 and 13 she took her successful poetry-panel show I’m Sorry I Haven’t Haiku to the Edinburgh Festival.

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