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The Ogre's Wife
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (56 pages)
(Pub. Oct 2009)
Frequenting a corner of an eye,
As for the one apparent
Of river and trees, that ?ight
– Sooner gone than seen.
Anthony Howell’s first collection for several years moves in unusual directions. Guilt and society’s victimization of those it punishes are among its subjects: it begins with poems concerned with the harm caused by anorexia and moves on to investigate the situation of offenders held in units for ‘vulnerable’ prisoners. The collection includes two longer poems: ‘Ode to a Routine’ chronicles the odyssey of one sentenced to commute across London, while the title poem extends a theme of dubious empathy explored by Browning in ‘My Last Duchess’. As always Anthony Howell’s poems are cool, intelligent, entertaining and simply different from anything else being written.
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