Two of the brightest young poets of our day follow in the footsteps of W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice. Auden and MacNeice's Letters from Iceland was more than a brilliant and unconventional travel book; it was one of the great works of the 1930s which defined for its own and later generations the precise nature and feeling of that troubled time.With characteristic boldness, Simon Armitage and Glyn Maxwell, staunch admirers of the two older poets, set off in 1994 to discover what Iceland, with its unique geography and ancient political institutions, might have to say to us now. Their findings, delivered in an appropriate mixture of poetry and prose, reportage and imaginative elaboration, vividly reflect the concerns of our own age, and will instruct and amuse readers in equal measure.
A collection of the poetry of Pam Ayres, this book offers an amalgamation of all her published works. Her poems take a humorous and honest look at life's pleasures and tribulations and includes such poems as Oh I Wish I'd Looked After me Teeth and Do You Think Bruce Springsteen Would Fancy Me?.
Joseph Braddock, who was born in 1902 and educated at the New Beacon, Sevenoaks, Uppingham School and St. John's College, Cambridge, has worked as a freelance teacher and writer. During the Second World War he taught English to Free Polish Airforce personnel for the British Council. He also worked as Assistant Secretary of The Lord Mayor's Air-raid Distress Fund. His published work includes several prose books on Greece, a verse play, and several collections of poetry. Quiddities: Poems New & Selected contains 15 new poems plus poems from three earlier collections: The Pilgrim Shadow (Duckworth, 1928), Sark & Other Poems (Basil Blackwell, 1934), and No Stranger Than A Flower: Poems 1935-1960). Joseph Braddock is a poet of considerable originality of vision who writes in the central tradition of English Poetry.
"Errata" is Michael Donaghy's second book of poems, following "Shibboleth" (OUP, 1988), which was winner of the Whitbread Poetry Category Award and of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award. Donaghy demonstrates an eye for the bizarre tale in his new work, and his story-telling is sustained by a romantic and lyrical tone. This book should be of interest to general readers of poetry, libraries, sixth-formers and undergraduates.
A wonderful collection - every poem is a constellation of ideas fizzing around some eccentric central conceit. The language is always extraordinary and the tension between words and metric schemata is exhilarating.
This was the collection with which Durcan broke through to the huge and appreciative audience he enjoys today. In the first part are poems of great satirical comedy and also of great passion and indignation, and in the second part, poems about the break-up of a marriage so intense they would hurt if they weren't also possessed of the healing gifts of truthfulness and humour. In The Berlin Wall Café Durcan has located that space between the walls and barriers societies and individuals erect - a no-man's-land of the free imagination where we meet as the vulnerable and comical human beings we are. It contains some of his very best work.
This is the first new collection of poems from D. J. Enright since "Instant Chronicles" in 1985. Peering into the nooks and crannies of circumstance, the poet and proser take notice of domestic affairs and foreign exchanges, divine mistakes and human embarrassments, quirks and quiddities, accidents and designs, fashions and fantasies, double lives and single deaths, the dust-heap of history, and the devil walking up and down. As entertaining and disturbing as ever, D. J. Enright continues to comment with sympathy and irony on humanity.
This volume reveals a crucial body of work in Irish poetry, previously unavailable in North America. Beginning with a number of his precocious lyrics, written in Hartnett’s teens, the volume continues through exquisite love poems and early elegies, some pastoral poems and, later, farewells to pastoral. Hartnett’s celebrated declaration to write in Irish introduces a series of translations and announces the more public arguments of subsequent poems in English. The book concludes with five extended parables about salvation and the artistic life. It is undeniable evidence of a singular dedication and achievement.
Hill's newest collection won a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. It includes poems from her first three books, as well as a complete new collection. Her poetry has been called wanton, wildly imaginative, dangerous, conspiratorial, defiant, frantic, fearfully reflective, tender, intelligent, imperious, subversive, and startling.
"Verse in Irish", especially from the early and medieval periods, is felt to be the preserve of linguists and specialists, and Anglo-Irish poetry is usually seen as an adjunct to the English tradition. This anthology approaches the tradition as a whole and presents a relationship between two major bodies of poetry that reflects a shared and painful history. This selection is divided into three sections. The first section of the book begins with the earliest verse - pre-Christian poetry in Old Irish - and ends in the 14th century with the first Irish poetry to be created in the English language. The text then progresses from the 14th to the 18th centuries, presenting the age of bardic poetry, the "new" poetry in Irish that followed it, and the era of Swift and Goldsmith. The final section covers the 19th and 20th centuries, from the beggar-poet Raifteiri and his English-language contemporary Thomas Moore, to the works of a number of poets born around the time of Yeats' death.
"The North Ship", Philip Larkin's earliest volume of verse, was first published in August 1945. The introduction, by Larkin himself, explains the circumstances of its publication and the influences which shaped its contents.
Selected Poems gives the reader, for the first time, a proper idea of Christopher Logue's lyrical gifts, as well as his irrepressible outspokenness and sense of artistic adventure. It contains fine poems which have been out of print for too long and others now regarded as classics.
Collected Poems represents John Montague’s long and remarkably rejuvenative career, nearly forty years. In the three celebrated sequences comprised in Part 1, in the individual love poems of Part 2, and in the new sequences of Part 3, Montague’s rare lyric gift serves a strong narrative impulse, and brings his strong love of place and keen ear and eye to Northern Ireland, Cork, Dublin, Paris, and North and Central America. Finally, he has written love poetry as poignant as any in our time.
The wealth of sense-impressions in Katherine Pierpoint's poems, the panache with which she musters them and the music thereby generated would be noteworthy in any volume, but they are all the more so in this first collection. 'Truffle Beds' signals the arrival of a mature and truly original voice. Pierpoint has opened up her own geographical and emotional territory, and her eye for both outer and inner worlds is acute and sympathetic.