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Waiting for the Nightingale

Miles Burrows

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ISBN: 978 1 784103 40 8
Categories: 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: April 2017
216 x 135 x 10 mm
112 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
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  • Miles Burrows is a poet always in love, and confused – as lovers tend to be – by the inconstant nature of ‘the other’. In this, his second book of poems, published half a century after the first (A Vulture’s Egg, 1966), he is also aware, merrily for the most part, of mortality. Eros and Thanatos tap at his funny bone. Does God exist? he asks. Will the nightingale, the one right nightingale, sing?

    The landscapes of these poems are drawn from the Far East, New Guinea and the Home Counties, where Burrows has served as a doctor, psychiatrist and a teacher. Thematically the poems build on Burrows’s eccentric childhood in a vanished but vividly reimagined, even re-invented England, rich in voices, disappointments and epiphanies and always maintaining a dialogue – now mischievous, now outrageous – with the present. The reader gratefully turns the pages, hoping the conversation will continue well beyond the back cover.

    Miles Burrows studied at Charterhouse and Wadham College Oxford. He read Russian in National Service, then Classics and Medicine. He worked as travel and fiction reviewer at the New Statesman and his poems appeared on radio and television. His first collection, A Vulture’s Egg, was published by Cape and reviewed ... read more
    Praise for Miles Burrows  'What I like are the poems which break out of being poems and approach the reader directly. That's something I always like on the stage, when the cast addresses the audience' Alan Bennett 'Your writing amused me greatly.'
    Anthony Powell

    'I'm proud to declare myself your fan. More a Mercedes than a minipoet.'
    Julian Mitchell

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