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ISBN: 978 1 847772 26 8
Categories: 21st Century, American, First Collections
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2014
216 x 135 x 10 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
The river was the river’s before it was ours.
Pull back and see it as it was. Reverse the flow
Of time and unpeel our landscape from the land.
Take the names and maps away…
from ‘The River Refuses its Name’
David C. Ward's first full-length poetry collection combines wry meditations on twenty-first-century life, work and family with observation of America – its landscapes, its history, its politics. Ward's poems are peopled by those who seem never quite able to inhabit their own lives, from Andy Warhol or Weldon Kees (‘Case closed. / No body was ever found’) to Ward’s own father, playing poker against himself in the early hours. The book’s final section turns an unflinching gaze on the post-9/11 USA and its self-deceptions.
'These graceful, powerful poems catch the readerâs attention at every turn. Memories of family, flashbacks of place and deft images of civic life grow through craft and music into powerful self-questionings about purpose, mortality and even art itself. This is a memorable and moving book and these are poems to savour and re-read.'
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