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ISBN: 978 1 847772 39 8
Categories: 21st Century, British
Imprint: Northern House
Published: September 2013
216 x 135 x 8 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
...Now, using your finger
as the unit, get the exact measurement of the dead.
Once done, have your anatomy books bound.
Next time out, remember boots, stockings, and comb,
wrapping paper and pens, a skin for your chest,
and a pair of snug, tight-fingered gloves for hands.
from ‘The Great Artist’s To-Do List’
Fallen warriors, a conquistador, a cat; an 1815 namesake; a father, a mother, a childhood rhyme; a boxer, an explorer, a stuffed Welsh fish… Frieze entertains a host of shadows, all the dead who inhabit our lives. It is at once elegy and exploration. Attending to experiences of childhood and the workings of history, the poet discovers the ways in which we mark time and are subject to time in our lives. At the heart of the process is the poem itself, with its capacity for expression and the space it provides for reflection, precision and beauty.
In Tagore’s The Gardener
The Fir Tree
Dip Dip Dip
The Cocky Watchman
On the Road Outside Our House
The Great Artist’s To-Do List
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