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New and Collected Poems
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (304 pages)
(Pub. May 2012)
Late, always late. If she’d show up … No joy.
Peter Dale combines intimacy of address and a personal colloquial idiom with remarkable skill in formal verse. He is interested in bringing his subjects – love, relationships, memory, all kinds of daily exchange – directly to the reader, without fuss and with thoughtful craft and conviction. The precision of his writing matches its intensity of feeling.
Diffractions begins with new poems and ends with a collection of lively and entertaining epigrams. Between these, his published collections appear in chronological sequence. The whole assembles 50 years of elegant, incisive and moving work by a leading British poet of rare skill.
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