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Songs of the Adept Stratford

Kevin Stratford

Edited by Deborah Stratford

Stratford - Songs of the Adept (Cover)
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ISBN: 978 0 856359 43 9
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: June 1993
213 x 134 x 7 mm
128 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • 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?

    from 'Coda'
    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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