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Norman Cameron: Collected Poems and Selected Translations
Edited by Warren Hope and Jonathan Barker
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (176 pages)
(Pub. Aug 2011)
Forgive Me, Sire
Forgive me, Sire, for cheating your intent,
The Dirty Little Accuser
Who invited him in? What was he doing here,
What was worse, if, as often happened, we caught him out
Yesterday we ejected him, nearly by force,
Yet there’s this check on our righteous jubilation:
from François Villon
Death, of thy rigour I complain:
We had one heart between the twain:
A newly revised paperback issue of the first complete edition of Norman Cameron’s poetry. As Jonathan Barker writes in his introduction, it is ‘the product of the shared transatlantic enthusiasm of Warren Hope and myself for the work of a poet whom we both see as unjustly neglected.’ Cameron (1905–53) has never lacked admirers among his fellow poets – Roy Fuller, Geoffrey Grigson, Robert Graves, among others – but since his skilful, moving and quietly memorable poems have not been reprinted since 1957, they have not reached the wider audience which they deserve.
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