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Songs of the Adept Stratford
Edited by Deborah Stratford
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ISBN: 978 0 856359 43 9
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: June 1993
213 x 134 x 7 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
What shall we be at the awful
Juncture? When I returned to my
Lightly decorated apartment
Baba-Louie was waiting, dying
To tell me something. Character
Istically he never got round to it
Though I am still perplexed
On that score. New feelings
Entered then, like new paint.
I suppose I shall get used to
The saintly presence of these panels
Though discomfort amuses
As perhaps it should not. Did I
Silence the very creature who might
Have led me to the treasure
Imagining that silence was treasure enough?
Kevin Stratford was born in Yorkshire in 1949 and educated at Cambridge. He died in 1984. For Songs of the Adept, the first collection of his work, his widow has selected the best of the poems from magazines and manuscripts. Tony Tanner, his Cambridge tutor, provides an introduction.
'The death of Kevin Stratford robbed this country of one of its most promising younger writers; but although his life as an artist was prematurely closed, outstanding work of his survives. I was his contemporary at university and it seemed to me then (as it seems to me now) that his work was some of the most original of my generation.' Peter Ackroyd
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