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ISBN: 978 1 857549 68 3
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: March 2010
216 x 135 x 8 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
Not quite a stop but neither are we merely passing through –
a kind of sticky pause like fighting a magnetic field
and wanting it to win. A few kilometres across the border,
the change in language comes like a switch in current,
a switch in currency.
The poems in Jilted City inhabit in-between-places, when a border is being crossed, a word is slipping into another language, when memory is translating loss. From ‘Stations where the train doesn’t stop’ in ‘Blue Guide’, following a train journey through Belgium, to‘City of Lost Walks’, English versions of a dissident Romanian poet whose ‘poetry fails to register except in the form of an omission’, McGuinness explores transition and translation, the afterlife of absences. Wit and paradox are at the heart of a collection that finds unforeseen connections between place and displacement.
Running through Jilted City is an acrid tenderness that is entirely itself, its jokes dry, aching with loss. – George Szirtes
Cover image: Alun Hemming, Urban Vulture. Reproduced by kind permission of the artist. Cover design StephenRaw.com
The Age of the Empty Chair
Noon at the DoubleTree Hotel
The Shape of Nothing Happening
Le Grand Pardon
II Blue Guide
I Gare du Nord
II Gare centrale
III Gare du Midi
Stations where the train doesn’t stop
L’Air du Temps
The Other Side
Spleen: Cardiff Matchday Blues
I Illegible waves of wood
III ! ! !
V writing the words
VI LO! v e
i.m. Jacques Brel (1929-1978)
Article 0.5: The Right to Be In-Between
Poem in White Ink
The Empty Frame
IV City of Lost Walks: Poems by Liviu Campanu
from The Ovid Complex (1989)
Scenarios for Lovers and Magnets
from City of Lost Walks (1985)
In the Natural History Museum
In the Museum of Archaeology
Awards won by Patrick McGuinness Long-listed, 2011 Wales Book of the Year, English Language Category in The Western Mail (Jilted City)
'Patrick McGuinness has constructed a rough guide to a lonely planet, full of unquenchable cultural curiosity and irresistible ironies... Alive to every undulation of the linguistic landscapes in which he moves, McGuinnessâs poems often pivot on the cross-cultural possibilities of a single isolated word.'
New Welsh Review Praise for Patrick McGuinness 'When T.E. Hulme was killed in Flanders in 1917, he was known to a few people as a brilliant talker, a brilliant amateur of metaphysics, and the author of two or three of the most beautiful poems in the English language... he appears as the forerunner of a new attitude of mind...'
T.S. Eliot, The Criterion, 1924 'There is a huge amount to savor, learn from and enjoy here. Anyone with pretensions to know British writing of the 1940s should read it.'
Paul St John Mackintosh, TeleRead
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