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New British Poetry

ISBN-10: 1555973949
ISBN-13: 9781555973940
Edition: 2004
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Description: The only definitive anthology of contemporary British poetry available in the United States, New British Poetry presents the exciting work of thirty-five poets from England, Scotland, and Wales. In compiling this landmark anthology, T. S. Eliot  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 4/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

The only definitive anthology of contemporary British poetry available in the United States, New British Poetry presents the exciting work of thirty-five poets from England, Scotland, and Wales. In compiling this landmark anthology, T. S. Eliot Prize-winning Scottish poet Don Paterson and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic followed two rules: the poets chosen should be born after 1945 and should have at least two books published in Britain. The resulting anthology collects some of the very best work of a new generation of poets who have come of age since Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes. From established poets such as Andrew Motion and James Fenton, to mid-career poets such as Glyn Maxwell and Kathleen Jamie, to recent T. S. Eliot Prize-winner Alice Oswald, the work is fiercely intelligent, often irreverent, and engaged with traditional forms and an exhilarating range of styles. A generous sampling of each poet's work is included. As Paterson writes in his introduction, "this group of poets represents some of the most intelligent and imaginative writers working in the English language today." New British Poetry is destined to become a seminal anthology, introducing many important new voices to American readers.

Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. He is the author of Nil Nil (1993), winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; God's Gift to Women (1997) - winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; and Landing Light (2003), which won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. Rain, his most recent collection, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2009, the same year that he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He has also published versions of Antonio Machado (The Eyes, 1999) and Rainer Maria Rilke (Orpheus, 2006), as well as two collections of aphorisms. His Selected Poems appeared in 2012.

Charles Simic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, immigrated with his family to Chicago in 1954, and was educated at New York University. Although his native language was Serbian, he began writing in English. Some of his work reflects the years he served in the U.S. Army (1961--63). He has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation grant, and a National Endowment for the Arts award. "My poetry always had surrealistic tendencies, which were discouraged a great deal in the '50's," the poet said, but such tendencies were applauded in the 1970s and his reputation consequently flourished. His poems are about obsessive fears and often depict a world that resembles the animism of primitive thought. His work has affinities with that of Mark Strand and has in its turn produced several imitators. Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2007

Preface
Introduction
The Silk Light of Advent Held To Notes on living inside the lightbulb The Road Home
Very Simply Topping Up the Brake Fluid Poem The Tyre The Dead Sea Poems
The Ungrateful Citizens The Sky My Husband Memories of Italy
What Is Worth Knowing? Fischerhude, 2001
The Old Gods
The Saltcoats Structuralists The Handshakes The Result Fiat Lux Alba Einstein
The CowPerseverance Sound Bite Home
The Shorter Life That Old-Time Religion Part of the Bridge 0Chandlery
The Bacchae Caliban's Books A Repertoire
Prayer Warming Her Pearls Little Red-Cap Circe
Fundamentals Chocolate Soldier The Lammas Hireling
The Lamp Diary Moon An Interior Peter and the Dyke
Wind A Staffordshire Murderer In a Notebook
Looping the Loop The Long Man Early to Bed, Early to Rise
Concerning the Atoms of the Soul A Day at the Seaside The Garden The Empire of Lights Hydrodamalis Gigas
Reading Akhmatova in Midwinter Three The Spirit of the Staircase Zombies Electricity
Slow Animals Crossing Cabaret McGonagall Smirr The King and Queen of Dumfriesshire
I Will Be Arriving Next Thursday in My Wedding-Dress I Know I Ought to Love You My Sister's Jeans A Small Hotel Please Can I Have a Man
Ancient Evenings The Machine That Cried The Late Richard Dadd, 1817-1886 Lament for Crassus
Kathleen Jamie The Way We Live The Bogey-Wife Skeins o Geese Pipistrelles The Hill-track
Visiting Portrait of a Lady Barcelona Inheritance
Even the Trees In my country Finger The Shoes of Dead Comrades [from] Other Lovers
Pentecost 'One day, feeling hungry' Woods The Flaggy Shore [from] Welsh Espionage: ix Advice on Adultery
Always An Older Woman Piquant The Man I Could Have Been
My Turn The Poem Recalls the Poet Helene and Heloise
Ancient History Sky Nails Six Characters in Search of Something The One-Star
The Lines A Wall A Glass of Wine The Letter Mythology
After Laforgue The Amateur God
April Bike Ride on a Roman Road Sea Sonnet Wedding Prayer
Tinderbox Skin Angel The Starling On the Line
The White Lie St Brides: Sea-Mail Imperial
Reading [from] Stet Salopian
A Whole School of Bourgeois Primitives What the Uneducated Old Woman Told Me In the Echoey Tunnel Mermaids Explained Fetish
Fall Fugue for Phantoms Artichoke Wedding the Locksmith's Daughter The Immoralist
Testament Faith Healers Memo to Auden The Anaesthetist
My Life Asleep Motherland The Mad Cow in Love Phrase Book
Index of Authors and Titles

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