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Door In the Wall

Charles Tomlinson

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ISBN: 978 0 192829 39 9
Imprint: OxfordPoets
Published: September 1999
216 x 136 x 6 mm
62 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • This collection is the third since Charles Tomlinson's revised Collected Poems was published in 1987. The Door in the Wall offers his readers new interests, combined with a reaching back to historical events of the past, such as the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and the French political theatre of the same year.

    Often referred to as a poet of landscape, here again he also surveys the urban scene: San Francisco since AIDS, prosperous Tübingen with its beggars and drugs, a New York restaurant in a Puerto Rican district. The book includes a key poem in which this long-time inhabitant of Gloucestershire compares nots with his Mexican friend Octavio Paz on their decision to remain in their native countries.

    Charles Tomlinson, born in 1927, studied at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He has published many books of poetry, and has translated selections from Russian, Spanish and Italian. He is also an artist. He taught at Bristol University, where he was appointed Emeritus Professor of English Poetry. He edited The Oxford Book ... read more
    Awards won by Charles Tomlinson Winner, 2003 New Criterion Poetry Prize (Skywriting)
    Praise for Charles Tomlinson 'Tomlinson's work and his new volume achieve balance, synthesis and wonderful expression. Add to this that he is also very funny, and I trust you have abandoned any reason not to buy the book. Let's be proud of him.'
    David Morley, the Guardian
    'Tomlinson's work and his new volume achieve balance, synthesis and wonderful expression. Add to this that he is also very funny, and I trust you have abandoned any reason not to buy the book. Let's be proud of him.'
    David Morley, the Guardian
    'Tomlinson has an international reputation as a poet and translator. He is also a painter and brings his artist's eye to his poetry, drawing out exact lines, creating luminous imagery that is still touched by a sense of mystery. Please read him...his collection Seeing is Believing is one of my all-time favourites.'
    Sion Hamilton, The Bookseller pick of 2006.
    'He has divided his line according to a new measure learned, perhaps, for a new world. It gives a refreshing rustle or seething to the words which bespeak the entrance of a new life'.
    William Carlos Williams
    'Against the word as spectacle, Tomlinson opposes the concept -- a very English one -- of the world as event...He is fascinated -- with his eyes open: a lucid fascination -- by the universal busyness, the continuous generation and degeneration of things'.
    Octavio Paz
    'Tomlinson insists, and he has a right to insist, that he is as authentic a voice of modern Britain as Larkin is… Only in the great poets is content so intimately married to form'.
    Donald Davie
    'Charles Tomlinson's poems...are crystalline, and ring when you touch them.'
    Times Literary Supplement 
    'Tomlinson's distinctive poetry springs from a patience in looking, and a precision in feeling. Along with Hill, Larkin and Hughes, he has produced one of the four most commanding bodies of work since 1945.'
    The Tablet
    'Tomlinson is a unique voice in contemporary English poetry, and has been a satellite of excellence for the past 50 years.'
    David Morley, The Guardian
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