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Deceiving Wild Creatures
RRP: GBP£ 9.95
Available from: Buy now from Waterstones
ISBN: 978 1 847778 09 3
Categories: 21st Century, British, Humour
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2012
76 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), Paperback
I have no acquaintance at present among the gentlemen of the Navy.
I have no friend left now at Sunbury.
What you mention with regard to reclaimed toads
raises my curiosity.
from 'The enlargement of the boundaries'
The naturalist Gilbert White is at the heart of this collection. Like him, Jeremy Over explores an ecology with meticulous acuity. His poems are 'found in the field': the beauty and oddity of the language of others is brought into sharp focus.
Robert Herrick's 'sweet disorder in the dress' is subjected to a series of disrobings; a guidebook, instruction manual and catalogue become occasions to celebrate the pleasures of language. Setting out from White's Natural History of Selborne, Over embarks on a sequence of poems that, in White's words, lend 'an helping hand towards the enlargement of the boundaries' of natural history. A deep seam of Englishness - Stanley Spencer, Samuel Palmer, Henry Purcell - runs parallel to an American dimension, and further off in time and space are traces of Tristan Tzara, Rumi and Wang Wei. The reasonable language with which we try to contain the unreasonableness of things here trips, spins and flies into new figurations.
Cover photograph: Shouldering the imitation ox from 'Deceiving Wild Creatures' in Richard Kearton, Wild Nature's Ways (1909). Cover design by StephenRaw.com.
...and they lived happily until they died.
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A Theory of Grasp
A New Kind of Kiss
Love is not a talent
Delight in order
Killer in the Rain
A Common Pitfall
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The Lambent Itch of Innuendo
Whip Tim Kelly
Last Gasp, At the
The Waterfall Illusion
American Experimental Music
The enlargement of the boundaries
Not but now and then
The exhibition of the fishes
Mingles with the forest
I only know that
My female moose corresponds
Your Awful Voice
Poem beginning with a suggestion by Bengt Af Klintberg
The Call of the Drum and the Slap of Glory
A Man in the Wings
The Yellow Orioles are equals now
The North Cumbrian Coast
Noses and Feet
Poetry should be made by all (ii)
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