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Night Watch

Peter Scupham

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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (80 pages)
(Pub. Nov 1999)
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  • Peter Scupham’s eleventh collection brings his customary elegance and skill to bear on themes as diverse as the Battle of Arras, Kilvert’s Diary, and an unexpected encounter with his parents on holiday from the underworld. These parables and truthful fictions explore meeting points and intersections between ‘is’ and ‘was’, or ‘is’ and ‘might be’. The centre of the book is a substantial sequence, ‘The Northern Line’, where the poet’s double, in his old guise as a National Serviceman, takes a journey by ghost train through the 1950s, that hinge of the century when the trouble of great wars gave way to the troubles of a patchwork peace.

    Peter Scupham was born in Liverpool in 1933. Since 1972 he published over ten collections of poetry. With John Mole he founded The Mandeville Press and ran Mermaid Books, a second-hand book business in Norfolk. He received a Cholmondely Award in 1996 and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of ... read more
    Praise for Peter Scupham 'A collection in which perception often trembles on the edge of the liminal.' 

    Carol Rumens, the Guardian where 'Reflection' was Poem of the Week

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