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Playing with Fire
ISBN: 978 1 857547 90 0
Categories: 20th Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2006
216 x 135 x 7 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
'...Here nothing is real
and everything is possible, this is the Green Cabaret,
Blue Angel, Moulin Rouge, Cabinet of Dr Caligari
and we are all on stage, we are all lost
in our own and each other's imaginations. The drinks cost
only pub prices, entrance is free
and nothing is hidden or true or lied about. Believe me,
all that goes on in here is pure poetry.'
Eavan Boland has praised Grevel Lindop's 'lyric voice that handles images well, that distinguishes - as few poets do - the erotic from the sexual, that moves language in and out of metaphor with skill and grace.'
The erotic and the sexual are richly represented in this new collection, whose subjects of celebration range from the lemons in Robert Graves' garden to a blood-drinking Tibetan deity. At its heart are a group of passionate love poems, and a sequence set in an East London strip club, treated with the imaginative insight and verbal skill that led R.V. Bailey, reviewing Lindop's Selected Poems, to write that, 'All the tricks in the poet's bag work for him as a master, so unobtrusively that it is only at the second or third reading that you become aware that the thought and feeling...are supported by an amazingly intricate web of sound.' This new collection will enhance Lindop's reputation for originality as well as for mastery of poetic tradition.
As Kathleen Raine wrote, 'Grevel Lindop celebrates a cosmic harmony that upholds the greatest and the least parts of the universe... His perspectives open on the stories within stories, where what is "real" and what is illusory are woven together. Grevel Lindop does not see the world about him as in need of "improving", for he sees all with the eye of love.'
'a fascinating read.'
William Oxley, Stride Magazine
Praise for Grevel Lindop 'This is a poet who is alert to the human cost and implications of different environments and the ways societies behave in them, able to interrogate what connects and separates us from one another, and yet who never seems to be telling us how clever or well-travelled he is.' - Rory Waterman, TLS
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