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The Face of It

R.F. Langley

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ISBN: 978 1 857549 00 3
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: April 2007
216 x 135 x 5 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • The gate is indigo, but when they give
    directions people call it blue. To lose
    the way is to remember something of
    the stump. But can anyone be ready
    for the moment when the dusk ignites the poppy?
        
                                             from 'Achilles'
    Roger Langley's poems explore perception. They take their bearings from forms as diverse as Renaissance hermeticism, a Greek vase, Rauschenberg's painting, Bottom's dream, a green beetle. Here the world may chime, like a building by Palladio, or disappear on a parting wave as in a film by Bergman. Surprise and truth come together. Things are both ordinary and vivid, distinct and universal. Langley's poems take delight in the sound and sense of language: for him, etymology can be revelation. In the interplay of word and object, each poem attempts an epiphany.
    R.F. LANGLEY was born in Rugby in 1938. He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge and went on to teach English and Art History in secondary schools. He has lived in Staffordshire for most of his life, but the inspiration for much of his work comes from the landscapes of Suffolk. ... read more
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