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What Was All the Fuss About?
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (96 pages)
(Pub. Aug 1998)
Conkers, the polish still on them,
Just before this I’d hit a six,
And the war was over.
Mr Wathen's Demise
When in wartime the prep-school head changed my Jewish surname
That headmaster has long since met his end.
Mr W raised his brolly and strode
Like Moses crossing the Red Sea, I thought.
The bluffs are rusty with fall foliage,
For the first time, I start to relax.
I’m in good shape.
Soon the snows will come!
In these taut, sharp poems written mainly in the 1990s, Daniel Weissbort has developed a new way of looking at himself and at the world. Experience, memory, dreams and ordinary life supply the poems with rich and varied subjects. The result is an alert, intelligent, open poetry whose surface lightness belies the power of its material. Plain yet intimate in tone, the poems work with the wit and concision of epigram.
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