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 1953-2008.
Adrian Mitchell—All Shook Up - Poems 1997-2000