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In Search of Poetry by Richard Murphy£10.00Add to basket
W.B. Yeats saw it in dramatic terms. The artist’s choice is between perfection of the life or of the work. There is it seems no half-way house. Either way there is a price to pay. In this most moving book, Richard Murphy presents us with a veritable anatomy of the Yeatsian dilemma. Here is poetry in the making, along with disturbing collateral, told with unflinching honesty.
forthcoming April this year – orders will be sent out as soon as the book becomes available
The Love Darg – Paul Batchelor£15.00Add to basket
Paul Batchelor is the most accomplished poet of his generation. His first collection, The Sinking Road, introduced a poet of formal and thematic range, as well as great technical skill. In The Love Darg (the title is an expression meaning ‘unpaid labour’), Batchelor draws with sharp intelligence on his working-class upbringing in the North of England during the period when the mining industry was being destroyed, and on the legacy this left him in adulthood…
Sketches from the Sierra de Tejeda – John Fuller£15.00Add to basket
The sonnet can be an elevated and metaphysical form, as in the sequences of the Elizabethans, but it can also record the minutiae of life, as the Romantic poets discovered. John Fuller’s new sequence combines something of these two traditions: it tracks a deep seasonal awareness of existence in time and place, but is also simply an annotation of observations of natural life, —the fruit, trees, insects, mountains, and wine of Andalusia. The sonnets are like cautious pencil sketches for some larger but postponed statement.
Revenants – Alan Jenkins£15.00Add to basket
The revenants in this, Alan Jenkins’s sixth collection, come out of childhood and the recent past, out of the long shadow of war and its legacy of silence, out of Old English and contemporary England, in a gathering of unforgettably poignant poems. Speaking of lives lived quietly in the suburbs of London or ended among the savagery of Homs, they bring powerful intimations of mortality, messages and memories from lost worlds and times, in a range of exacting forms and skilfully managed registers.
ODI BARBARE – Geoffrey Hill£20.00Add to basket
Odi Barbare is the second in Geoffrey Hill’s sequence The Daybooks, and the third to be published. It was preceded by Daybooks III: Oraclau |Oracles (2010) and Daybooks IV: Clavics (2011). The others in the series, to appear in the Collected Poems 1952-2012 from Oxford University Press in 2013, are: Al Tempo de’ Tremuoti and Liber Illustrium Virorum…
Laurels and Donkeys – Andrew Motion£15.00Read more
This profoundly moving new book is a sequence of war poems referring to 20th – and 21st-century conflicts that have involved British forces: among them, the First World War, the Second World War, the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan. Several of the poems are based on memories of the poet’s father, who landed at D-day and fought in France and Germany; many more take the words of other soldiers (from books, interviews and suchlike) to create ‘found poems’ that are in a sense collaborations between the author and his source…
ORACLAU | ORACLES – Geoffrey Hill£15.00Read more
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…
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