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Cracks In the Universe
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ISBN: 978 1 903039 79 3
Published: May 2006
216 x 135 x 6 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
overnight a crisis in the environment
had found its vent
and out of the hemmed-in cornucopia
that was nature once, had started
unstoppably to pour itself back
through this crack in the universe
from 'A View from the Shore'
Cracks in the Universe names those times and spaces in which our awareness is made more acute. Charles Tomlinson's latest collection ranges from memories of childhood incidents to vivid evocations of America, France and Spain; from meditations on works of art to precisely observed details of the world as 'the thing it is'. Tomlinson views the commonplace afresh: apples, a glass of water - the M62. Infused with a sense of the mysteries to be found within phenomena, this is a collection shaped by the passing of time that reconciles the human and the natural worlds: the lengthening shadows at sundown that transform the walker into a 'phantom giant', the shifting planes of light and dark that mark out the seasons in a house and in the landscapes around it.
'Tomlinson has an international reputation as a poet and translator. He is also a painter and brings his artist's eye to his poetry, drawing out exact lines, creating luminous imagery that is still touched by a sense of mystery. Please read him...his collection Seeing is Believing is one of my all-time favourites.' - Sion Hamilton, The Bookseller pick of 2006.
Praise for Charles Tomlinson 'Tomlinson is a unique voice in contemporary English poetry, and has been a satellite of excellence for the past 50 years.' David Morley, The Guardian
'Tomlinson's distinctive poetry springs from a patience in looking, and a precision in feeling. Along with Hill, Larkin and Hughes, he has produced one of the four most commanding bodies of work since 1945.' - The Tablet
'Charles Tomlinson's poems...are crystalline, and ring when you touch them.' - Times Literary Supplement
At this stage in a poetic career as long and distinguished as Charles Tomlinson’s (career, 1a: ‘The ground on which a race is run…’), it can get difficult to tell the received ideas from the new ones, for a reader, and perhaps for a writer. read more
Cracks In The Universe In this new book of poems by Charles Tomlinson, readers will observe a mature and unflagging talent at work. read more
Sion Hamilton, The Bookseller , 25th November 2005:
Charles Tomlinson has an international reputation as a poet and translator. read more
The Science of Possibility A poem's design, or the design of a single poetic line, should suggest possibility, not cast-iron certainty; even though its structure may be as super-involuted as the genetic design of a rose, or an eye. read more
Out of Stoke
Charles Tomlinson's collection Cracks in the Universe shows he has come a long, long way from the potteries, says Julian Stannard
We learn in "The Boy on the Sick-Bed" - which is part of a sequence called "Lessons" - that the poet's mother "picks up the pencil" which the child "has thrown aside" and sets about drawing "the serried chimneys on the roofs" of Stoke-on-Trent, the beleaguered town in which Tomlinson was born in 1927. read more
Sion Hamilton, The Bookseller , 25th November 2005
Pick of 2006 poetry titles:
Tomlinson has an international reputation as a poet and translator. read more
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