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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (96 pages)
(Pub. Sep 2013)
Lines Pinned to a Study Door
When first I read, in cunning Chaucer’s line
The entrance to your hospital engraves
One phrase distills our art and oath,
Seated Figure of an Old Lady
after Celia Paul’s paintings of her mother
So still, your frailty becomes a monument.
The room is open at the page ‘Help thou mine unbelief ’.
Wreathed in the thought of children’s faithlessness,
Like many good poets, John Birtwhistle publishes sparingly. In his first collection for more than twenty years, he produces a dazzling array of poems on a range of historical, political and personal subjects. These lucid, witty, tender poems, by turns serious and comic, are full of felicitous surprises and unexpected turns of imagination.
Praise for John Birtwhistle [Birtwhistle's] work is consistently both shaped and calm, and energised by the various tides it travels.
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