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New and Selected Poems 1963-1983
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ISBN: 978 0 856461 14 9
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: May 1997
220 x 140 x 22 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback
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Northern Summer is a representative selection from John Matthias’s previous books, together with a group of poems written since 1980. Robert Duncan wrote of his first book, Bucyrus, that in part ‘Matthias is a Goliard – one of those wandering souls out of a dark age in our own time.’ The present selection includes the three epistolary poems from Turns – hailed as ‘major art’ by Arthur Oberg in Western Humanities Review – as well as the long ‘Poem for Cynouai’ from Crossing, which extends and modifies their idiom. The book reprints entire ‘The Stefan Batory Poems’, written on a Polish liner while Matthias travelled to America after a year in England during the last stages of the Watergate controversy, along with three sections of ‘The Mihail Lermontov Poems’, written two years later while returning on a Russian ship to England. The comic vision of these poems has been widely acknowledged since the publication of Crossing, a book the Times Literary Supplement found ‘bursting with masterful intelligence’ and Thames Poetry called ‘packed with poetic thought, devilment, and complexities of spirit.’
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