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Cracks In the Universe

Charles Tomlinson

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ISBN: 978 1 903039 79 3
Imprint: OxfordPoets
Published: May 2006
216 x 135 x 6 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  •    here
    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.
    Charles Tomlinson, born in 1927, studied at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He has published many books of poetry, and has translated selections from Russian, Spanish and Italian. He is also an artist. He taught at Bristol University, where he was appointed Emeritus Professor of English Poetry. He edited The Oxford Book ... read more
    Awards won by Charles Tomlinson Winner, 2003 New Criterion Poetry Prize (Skywriting)
    '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's work and his new volume achieve balance, synthesis and wonderful expression. Add to this that he is also very funny, and I trust you have abandoned any reason not to buy the book. Let's be proud of him.'
    David Morley, the Guardian
    'Tomlinson's work and his new volume achieve balance, synthesis and wonderful expression. Add to this that he is also very funny, and I trust you have abandoned any reason not to buy the book. Let's be proud of him.'
    David Morley, the Guardian
    'He has divided his line according to a new measure learned, perhaps, for a new world. It gives a refreshing rustle or seething to the words which bespeak the entrance of a new life'.
    William Carlos Williams
    'Against the word as spectacle, Tomlinson opposes the concept -- a very English one -- of the world as event...He is fascinated -- with his eyes open: a lucid fascination -- by the universal busyness, the continuous generation and degeneration of things'.
    Octavio Paz
    'Tomlinson insists, and he has a right to insist, that he is as authentic a voice of modern Britain as Larkin is… Only in the great poets is content so intimately married to form'.
    Donald Davie
    'Charles Tomlinson's poems...are crystalline, and ring when you touch them.'
    Times Literary Supplement 
    '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
    '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
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