ODI BARBARE – Geoffrey Hill

Clutag Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of  Odi Barbare by Geoffrey Hill in early 2012.

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ODI BARBARE - Geoffrey Hill

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ORACLAU | ORACLES – Guardian Review

Geoffrey Hill’s ORACLAU | ORACLES was reviewed by M Wynn Thomas in the Guardian on 16th October.

Oraclau/Oracles is indeed a troubling and challenging volume of “devices”, a remarkable emblem book for our times by one of the most considerable, and accordingly formidable, poets of our age.”

Click here to read the full review online.

Geoffrey Hill – ORACLAU | ORACLES (Clutag Press, 2010)

Copies of Geoffrey Hill’s ORACLAU | ORACLES are now available to order.

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56pp 13.5mm x 21.5mm

ISBN 978-0-9553476-9-6

ORACLAU | ORACLES - Geoffrey Hill

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Geoffrey Hill – ORACLAU | ORACLES (Clutag Press, 2010)

Clutag Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication in October 2010 of a new book of poems by the Oxford Professor of Poetry: ORACLAU | ORACLES.

Since the publication of A Treatise of Civil Power in 2007, Geoffrey Hill has completed five new collections. Under the general title The Daybooks, they include Al Tempo de’ Tremuoti, Odi Barbare, Oraclau |Oracles, and Clavics.

Clutag Press plans to issue Daybooks II: Odi Barbare in 2011. The five volumes constitute the final section of Hill’s Collected Poems 1952-2012, scheduled for publication by Oxford University Press in 2013.

ORACLAU | ORACLES

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56pp 13.5mm x 21.5mm

ISBN 978-0-9553476-9-6

ORACLAU | ORACLES - Geoffrey Hill

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Geoffrey Hill – Poetry Reading CD

A recording of Geoffrey Hill’s poetry reading is now available on CD.  Details are as follows:

GEOFFREY HILL: POETRY READING, OXFORD, 1 February 2006

Poems from

FOR THE UNFALLEN (1959)

to

WITHOUT TITLE (2006)

Geoffrey Hill, in this recording made in Oxford on 1 February 2006, reads 33 poems selected from his entire oeuvre at that date. That is, from his first book For the Unfallen (1959) to his most recent, Without Title, published in January 2006.

Geoffrey Hill Poetry Reading

1st February 2006

Poems from For the Unfallen (1959) to Without Title (2006)

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Geoffrey Hill - Poetry Reading at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Announcing Geoffrey Hill’s forthcoming poetry reading event at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.  Details are as follows:

GEOFFREY HILL: POETRY READING
AT THE SHELDONIAN

Poems from

FOR THE UNFALLEN (1959)

to

WITHOUT TITLE (2006)

7pm for 7.30-10.00pm     1st February 2006

Admission Free.    Sponsored byOUP

Copies of A Treatise of Civil Power by Geoffrey Hill, published by Clutag Press (2005), will be available for sale at the event.

 

A Treatise of Civil Power - Geoffrey Hill

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Geoffrey Hill Poetry Reading

1st February 2006

Poems from For the Unfallen (1959) to Without Title (2006)

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Geoffrey Hill - A Treatise of Civil Power (Clutag Press, 2005)

PUBLICATION DATE 4th February 2005 

48pp 170mm x 240mm     ISBN 0-9547275-3-3

A major gathering of new work by one of the great poets, nowhere else published nor imminent in other forthcoming collections by Hill (January 2005, January 2006), comprising: ‘ON READING Milton and the English Revolution’ (12 x six-line stanzas); ‘To the Lord Protector Cromwell’ (x4 sonnets); ‘A Treatise of Civil Power’ (42 x eight-line stanzas); ‘Coda’ (8 x eight-line stanzas); ‘ON READING Burke on Empire, Liberty, and Reform’ (4 x seven-line stanzas); ‘ON READING Blake: Prophet Against Empire’ (45 lines in ten irregular stanzas); ‘ON READING Hazlitt: Lectures on the English Comic Writers’ (4 x six line stanzas); and ‘A Cloud in Aquila’ (6 x four line stanzas).

In his own words Geoffrey Hill has become a very different kind of poet from the one his first readers encountered almost half a century ago. At any rate, we have to acknowledge a dramatic sea-change in productivity. But plus ça change is a reliable coinage in the assaying of poetry. This is true however new-minted or made-new the voice (‘I’ll / give them lyric voice’), however dazzling the belated largesse. Here in these new poems are the familiar preoccupations with the good old cause: of language and authority; conscience and power; commerce and society (let’s add, to underline the point); history and memory; poetry and integrity; poetry and music; poetry and the ‘etymology of the gutter’; and poetry as atonement, not the least, by which Hill has always held himself and his readers to account. In the fluency or liquidity of this late work, the ‘endless wrangle / between truth and metre’ spawns ruminations of mesmerising range in which the orchestration of inspired obliquities or ‘ceaseless allusion’, shot through with dark humour, reaches such a pitch of mastery that one has to say, late or early, Hill has never written better. Watching in the wings are several writers to whom Hill nods in gratitude, not just Milton and ‘my god’ Ben Jonson, or Robert Herrick, or William Blake, as might not surprise us, but also Robert Lowell, and perhaps most interesting of all to see acknowledged John Berryman, whose Dream Songs are surely a ghostly presence here.

It would be fitting to speak of Hill’s recent return to Milton (for example, via ‘Comus’), if he had ever left him. Many will not know, and so it is worth pointing out, that the title poem of this new gathering ‘A Treatise of Civil Power’ derives from a Miltonic pamphlet of 1659 noted for a plainness of style unusual in Milton’s prose. As Milton figures here, so too does Cromwell, addressed in four sonnets whose chronological range brings us, as elsewhere in this collection, to the topical, to the Ireland of Veronica Guerin, ‘Dublin drug-heads / and Drogheda’. Those readers especially devoted to Hill’s midland kingdom, as celebrated in Mercian Hymns and revisited most recently in Orchards of Syon, will find here that same poet, who ‘had a calling for England’, his kite ‘in the myriad-snagged / crabapple crown, the cane cross-piece flailing; / a dark wind visible even deep in the hedge’ and register with delight the deployment of ‘crown’ and ‘cross-piece’ and know their weight and perhaps recall, to come round full circle, Milton’s ‘darkness visible’ in Paradise Lost.

For more regarding Geoffrey Hill:

Geoffrey Hill Study Centre

A Treatise of Civil Power - Geoffrey Hill

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