Adrian Mitchell's poetry's simplicity, clarity, passion and humour show his
allegiance to a vital, popular tradition embracing William Blake as well as
the ballads and the blues. His most nakedly political poems - about war,
Vietnam, prisons and racism - became part of the folklore of the Left, sung
and recited at demonstrations and mass rallies. His childlike questioning
was a constant reminder from the 60s onwards that poetry is first and
foremost an assertion of the human spirit.A pacifist prophet who remained
true to his heartfelt beliefs, Mitchell reported back for over half a
century from a world blighted by war, compromise, double-talk and
pragmatism without losing his innocence, integrity and impish sense of
humour. Angela Carter described him as a 'joyous, acrid and demotic
tumbling lyricist Pied Piper determinedly singing us away from
catastrophe'.All Shook Up is a tangled jungle of daydreams, pacifist kick-
boxing, blues reports, animal caresses, songs of the howling desert and
hospital jokes. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Now out of
print, the whole collection is included in Come On Everybody: Poems

Adrian Mitchell—All Shook Up - Poems 1997-2000

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