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Poetry in (e)Motion
The Illustrated Words of Scroobius Pip (Hardback)


Author: Scroobius Pip
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP: £9.99, US $17.95, Cdn $21.50
ISBN: 978 1 84856 617 0
Available 26 March 2010

In 2008 poet and spoken word hip-hop artist, Scroobius Pip set out on a project to publish a collection of his poems drawn by artists he'd recruited from his MySpace page. The brief was simple, each artist has to include every word of the lyrics. With a selection of new artwork inspired by street art, graffiti, tattoos and crime noir movies, this unique visual collection brings a whole new dimension to Scroobius Pip's singular lyrical stylings...

Poetry in (e)Motion: The Illustrated Words of Scroobius Pip is only really going to appeal to fans of Scroobius Pip's work. The illustrations here range from good to average - there's nothing that really jumps out and grabs you. Likewise, the poetry is fairly average.

I think the biggest problem with this collection is that you're either going to love or hate it all. This is really a collection for Pip fans only - mainly because this seems a little too self indulgent a project.

This really wasn't my cup of tea, but I can see how if you're into Pip's work then you'd get something from it.


Darren Rea

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