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New and Collected Poems

Peter Dale

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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (304 pages)
(Pub. May 2012)
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    Late, always late. If she’d show up … No joy.
    But then in you mooch, the same old duffel coat.
    No, your spit image it was – and such a jolt.
    Never believed in ghosts, quiet or unquiet.
    Anyway, thanks to his spooking turn and pause,
    he’d raised your old wry grin, the doubtful glances,
    our black-list updates of limelight worshippers.
    Years since the last of our yarning liquid lunches.
    I’m chronic years older than you’d be now,
    twin sceptic, verging on the garrulous bore.
    You’d not mistake this wreck for me, you know.
    You’d miss me face to face, crossing the bar.
    – Where is she? – Well, you’d said, nearing your exit,
    boredom’s more interesting the older you get.



    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.

    Peter Dale was born in Addleston, Surrey in 1938 and educated at St Peter’s College, Oxford. He worked as a secondary school teacher before becoming a freelance writer in 1993. He was co-editor of the poetry journal Agenda for many years. He is renowned for his translations from French (Corbière, Laforgue, ... read more
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