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Book of the Month - April 2014

Our April Book of the Month is an innovative study focusing on the work of five contemporary, radical British poets who have embraced a range of shamanic strategies to transform their work. Shamsad Mortuza’s ‘The Figure of the Shaman in Contemporary British Poetry’ identifies historical moments of ruptures, such as the persecution of the Celtic druids by the Romans, the killing of the Welsh bards by Edward I, and the beatnik response to a post-World War world, in order to discuss the poets of British Poetry Revival.

To find out more about this book, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAPR14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on May 5th.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“Shamsad Mortuza’s book explores contemporary British poetry from an unusual perspective. The idea of shamanism as a ‘sickness vocation,’ whereby the poet gains access to the hidden underside of what makes society function, produces some fascinating results. Mortuza shows how important non-acknowledged realities have been to some of the most interesting and radical contemporary poets, such as Iain Sinclair, Maggie O’Sullivan and Brian Catling.”

– William Rowe, FBA, Professor of Poetics, Birkbeck College


“The spectre haunting European rationality is the shaman, but one equipped with a book of critique rather than a book of spells. This study seeks out the best radical British poets to have embraced a range of shamanic strategies as a route out of modernity in order to re-enter it, transforming themselves and transforming it in their textual practice. It is brave and erudite, the first of its kind.”

– Robert Sheppard, Professor of Poetry and Poetics, Edge Hill University

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