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Edited by Jon Glover and Kathryn Jenner
ISBN: 978 1 847772 40 4
Categories: 20th Century, British, Jewish
Imprint: Northern House
Published: February 2015
216 x 135 x 48 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
And then slowly the eye stopped looking
Inward. The silence rose and became still.
The look turned to the outer place and stopped,
With the birds still shrilling around him.
from ‘Death of a Son’
Complete Poems brings together the published and unpublished work of one of the most significant poets of the late twentieth century, founding editor of Stand and of the Northern House imprint. As well as reprinting all the poems included in Silkin’s books (from The Portrait and Other Poems in 1950 to Making a Republic in 2002), it includes significant poems previously unpublished or published only in a wide variety of journals, and work transcribed from manuscripts. Complete Poems demands a new perception of Silkin’s language and his concerns, the breadth of his passionately humane response to war and the Holocaust, and his scrutiny of humanity alongside nature.
'It's impossible to do justice to a driven lifetime's worth of work. Final plaudits are very much due to editors Jon Glover and Kathryn Jenner who, having painstakingly constructed such a thorough and intelligently sequenced summary of Silkin's poetic output, have also managed to make a compelling case for reappraising his reputation as more than a poet of his own time. Within this comely breezeblock of post-Second World War verse, ther is much that ought to interest, inspire and concern our own faltering century.'
'Complete Poems enjoins a new perception of Silkinâs language and concerns, the breadth of his passionately humane interrogation of war and the Holocaust, and his scrutiny of nature and humankind.'
Jon Glover Praise for Jon Glover 'Magnetic Resonance Imaging by Jon Glover is my book of the year'
Ian McMillan, The Verb, BBC Radio 3 (December 2008)
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