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Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (64 pages)
(Pub. Sep 2004)
... I tasted what the eyes said, heard
hands that were strangers talk as twins with no
word spoken. Incandescent, the word
was flesh, no longer the shadow
of what it signified.
from 'A Foreign Tongue'
Body language and the body of language - from the first words in the first garden to the last words of last night's lovers - are the entwined themes of Jon Stallworthy's new collection of poems, his first since 1995. The centrepiece is 'Skyhorse', an ambitious poem for voices that finds in the White Horse on the Berkshire Downs an enduring presence through the turbulence of three millennia of English history. The book's second part is a candid, passionate sequence of elegies and love poems.
Table of Contents
In the Beginning
1 The first priest of the White Horse, c.1000 BC
2 Priest and poet, c.970 BC
3 Poet of the shield-wall, AD 871
4 Wandering Scholar, 13th century
5 Antiquary, 18th century
6 Rifleman (discharged), 52nd Regiment, 18 June 1832
7 Mother, 1899
8 Colonel and others, 1905
9 Homeguard, 1940
11 Wandering Scholar, 1999/2000
Before Setting Out
A Ferry for Bishop Jim
The White Cloud
The Motor Vessel Anichka
Le Violon D'Ingres
A Foreign Tongue
What's in a Name?
Hunting the Lark
Osip Mandelstam Proposes a Toast
A Word with History
Edward Thomas's Fob Watch
In the House of the Poet
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