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For Crying Out Loud
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ISBN: 978 0 192827 89 0
Published: September 1999
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
In his two previous collections - The Amorous Cannibal (1985) and I'm Deadly Serious (1988) - Chris Wallace-Crabbe displayed his distinctive gifts. His poems are remarkable for bringing together opposites: European erudition blends with a vigorous delight in the newer cultures, both of America, and of his home country, Australia. For Crying Out Loud has a darker side, as the poet struggles to come to terms with the death of a grown-up son.
'His poems are full of sprightly ingenuity, but they serve a sombre vision...he is a resourceful and romantic-spirited poet.' - Peter Porter
'the poetry refers to a level of experience that, despite all doubts, won't be denied the source of a good humour, good feeling and good sense that irradiate these poems irrepressibly' - Martin Dodsworth (on The Amorous Cannibal)
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