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A User's Manual - Nine Configurations

Gavin Bantock

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ISBN: 978 0 856463 58 7
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, British
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: September 2003
234 x 153 x 7 mm
112 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • SeaManShip is an extraordinary and challenging poem. The ‘Sea’ of the title is a symbol of the natural world, ‘Man’ represents human feelings and intellect, and ‘Ship’ signifies the artificial or man-created.

    By turns rhapsodic and incantatory, the poem is loosely based on the structure of a computer manual. The author writes of it that ‘SeaManShip charts the struggles of a man, perhaps an overly romantic one, forced to face reality and come to terms with the chaos and confusions of the modern world.’

    Gavin Bantock, born in England in 1939, wrote his long poem Christ (1965) while at New College, Oxford. He has lived in Japan, where he taught English and drama at Reitaku University. His books include A New Thing Breathing (1969), Anhaga (Anglo-Saxon translations, 1972), Eirenikon (1972), Dragons (1979), Just ... read more
    Awards won by Gavin Bantock Short-listed, 1988 Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition Winner, 1969 Eric Gregory Award Winner, 1966 Poetry Society's Award Winner, 1964 Richard Hillary Award
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