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Oxford Poets 2010: An Anthology
Edited by David Constantine, Robyn Marsack and Bernard O'Donoghue
Categories: 21st Century, Anthologies
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Including poetry by:
Ryan Van Winkle
The first OxfordPoets anthology established as an editorial principal ‘no programme beyond a desire to represent the best’. The series has unfolded as a record of contemporary poetry, and this sixth collection maintains the qualities of lively eclecticism, inventiveness and intelligence that have made the anthologies one of the most engaging samplers of current writing.
The poets here include new writers and those who have become more widely known; writers whose imaginative and linguistic worlds span decades and continents; those who remake traditional forms and those who experiment beyond them. Their individual voices are distinctive; they share a commitment to the possibilities of poetry to explore and translate the world.
Cover photograph: copyright © StephenRaw.com
Robert Ray Black
Life Like Green
What is argued
Signing for the Deaf
Picking up the Song (in a break in the harvest)
The Progressive Canadian Barn Dance
Prince of Tinkers
Valentine’s Day, Regent’s Park
My Mother’s Hair
The Suicide’s Defence
The New Cemetery, Killarney
Woodruff & Sons
Demolition of the Power Station
To Carry a Ladder
The Only of Himself
Beijing Flight, Thursday Morning
The Captain Plays Shostakovich on an Upright Piano,
Field Hospital, Helmand Province
This was the year
The Night-Flying Bees
Spending One Day with Patrick Kavanagh
Knowledge Is a Good Thing
Hilary Has Left the Building, Unless She Hasn’t
If You Relive a Moment You Cannot Outlive It
The Tall Thin Tenor
On Returning a Child to Her Mother at the Natural History Museum
This Is a Confessional Poem
Les Pompes Funèbres
Shall We Dance?
Postcard from Weslaco
Four Ash Fall Questions
Postcard from El Paso: Night Shift at the Hotdog Factory
Offerings to Tule
The Rest of the Cow
Ryan Van Winkle
It Is Summer and in Connecticut the Grill Is Grilling
They Tore the Bridge Down a Year Later
Ode for a Rain from Death Row
My 100-year-old ghost
The day he went to war
Awards won by David Constantine Short-listed, 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award (The Shieling) Winner, 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize
(Tea at the Midland) Winner, 2010 BBC National Short Story Award
(Tea at the Midland)
Praise for David Constantine 'I started reading these stories quietly, and then became obsessed, read them all fast, and started re-reading them again and again. They are gripping tales, but what is startling is the quality of the writing. Every sentence is both unpredictable and exactly what it should be. Reading them is a series of short shocks of (agreeably envious) pleasure...'
AS Byatt, Book of the Week, The Guardian 'Flawless and unsettling.'
Boyd Tonkin, Books of the Year 2005, The Independent
'Touched at times with humour and infused with compassion, these complex, nuanced stories speak repeatedly of lives lived in some form of exile, yet manage to keep in play the possibility that exile is not, contrary to appearances, our true condition.'
New Welsh Review 'A. S. Byatt has described reading a previous collection of Constantine's short fiction as akin to experiencing ''a series of short shocks of (agreeably envious) pleasure''. Tea at the Midland shows the author to be on equally sparkling form again.'
'The excellence of the collection is fractal: the whole book is excellent, and every story is excellent, and every paragraph is excellent, and every sentence is excellent. And, unlike some literary fiction, it's effortless to read.'
The Independent on Sunday Praise for Robyn Marsack 'Readers will be drawn to this book for the poets' letters, but what really dominates is the personality of Schmidt; at the end we are left with a prevailing sense of his editorial vision and an appreciation of his influence and accomplishment in the world of contemporary poetry publishing and criticism... Fifty Fifty is full of energy and play, and not a few crossed swords.'
Kevin Gardner, Wild Court
'A window into the award-winning world of Carcanet'
Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph
'In celebration of the Manchester-based press' 50th anniversary, a fascinating collection of letters... tracing the eventful history of this small, ambitious and excellent press.'
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