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Wild and Wounded

Shorter Poems 2000-2003

Michael Hamburger

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ISBN: 978 0 856463 71 6
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: March 2004
216 x 138 x 7 mm
88 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • '… difficulties with grammar now, with tense,
    With mood, with person, case – and, yes, the sense.'


    Wild and Wounded collects Michael Hamburger’s shorter poems since Intersections (2000). It is published to mark the 80th birthday of one of Britain’s leading poets of the last half-century. The dominant theme in these poems is the passing of time – whether referring to the injured swan in the collection’s title poem, a tree ‘surreptitiously dying’, or the poet himself. As illness, frailty, absence and obsolescence become more pressing to the poet, his poems, by contrast, achieve an enthralling robustness and vigour

    Michael Hamburger (1924–2007) was a poet and critic of distinction as well as the outstanding translator of German poetry. His awards include the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (1981), the German Federal Republic’s Goethe Medal (1986) and the EC’s first European Translation Prize (1990) for Poems of Paul Celan . Five collections of his ... read more
    Praise for Michael Hamburger 'O'Driscoll manages to get the reader as close to Hamburger as possible in one book. It feels very much like spending a week at your grandfather's house - getting to listen to all his stories, roaming through cupboards, reading the works hidden inside.'
    Dominik Szczepaniak, DURA
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