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Crossing

John Matthias

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ISBN: 978 0 856460 35 7
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: June 1979
220 x 140 x 7 mm
126 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • The title of the American poet John Matthias’s second English volume suggests both continuity and change. The first two sections continue the idiom of Turns (1975) and include many poems on English themes. The two concluding sequences chart voyages across the Atlantic; they are as ‘extravagant, eclectic, polyglot, and original’ as his earlier experimental poetry, but more accessible in their narrative and humour.

    D.M. Thomas wrote of John Matthias’s last book in the Times Literary Supplement, ‘Turns encompasses the order of art and the painful or grace-giving accidents of life; seriousness and wit; America’s present, Russia’s Stalinist yesterday, England’s distant past; experiment and tradition. Mr. Matthias is eclectic, polyglot, often abstruse … But excessive virtuosity is forgivable in our stark poetic scene, and I admire very much the way life – his own and other people’s – presses into his poems. He has something to say and a way of saying it. Turns is an exciting, richly promising collection.’ Crossing bears out that promise.

    John Matthias was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1941. He has lived in California, Indiana, Suffolk, Cambridge and Scotland. He is Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, and has been Visiting Fellow in poetry at Clare Hall, Cambridge. His collections of poetry include Bucyrus, Turns, Crossing ... read more
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