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Edited by Miles Champion
RRP: GBP 14.99
ISBN: 978 1 784100 34 6
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: April 2015
256 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback
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are one with those before
a sad dance
invoking your attention
from ‘West Wind’
As When spans the range of Tom Raworth’s poetry to date, and includes work omitted from his Collected Poems (2003) as well as poems previously only issued as fugitive cards and broadsides. This edition of Tom Raworth’s poems is beautifully arranged, with an introduction to his life and work long overdue.
As When is the selection I have waited for—the whole spread of a great poet’s work.- Fanny Howe
'As When is the selection I have waited for the whole spread of a great poets work.'
Fanny Howe 'It has the beauty and weight of a real thing in the world, and is just full of dark senses and wonders.'
Adam Piette, Poetry London
Praise for Tom Raworth 'Brides in the source nail the soap-opera out of doowops? And then the parnassians for milfoils without floor-leaders. The Raworth loves to hum them toward the endeavour.'
Clark Coolidge 'Single-handedly, Tom Raworth has restored the value of quickness to English poetry. His is the alacrity of Shelley, of Byron, of Gerard Manley Hopkins, reinforced to meet a modern urgency. It is poetry of sensation, intelligence flashing down the spillway, faster than thought.'
Bill Berkson 'Tom Raworth is the one who's truly most interesting to me in England at the moment. I'm fascinated by what he's doing. He's an extraordinary poet.'
Praise for Miles Champion 'The pleasure is that each poem is a different kind of challenge . . . the invention is spectacular and always 'up'.'
'By turns playful, insightful, erudite and essential, this is a poetry for the fluctuating times that we live in... Brilliant stuff. A Full Cone is one of my books of the year.'
Andrew Taylor, Stride
'Witness the cascades of words and listen to the silence between lines. The interstitial quietus common to Champion's many concrete excursions acts to vivify the text which it divides, so that the outrageous concatenation of everyday cultural artefacts is rendered explosive.'
Steve Whitaker, The Yorkshire Times
'It has often been noted that the pace at which Miles Champion's brilliantly intelligent poems unfold is rapid. Ideas and images tumble into words and the words become present as moments of conceptual or emotional consequence. But, though high velocity is in the making of the poems, there is no swift taking away. The moments aren't rescinded; the poems are not a demonstration of lyric evanescence. Champion's work, rather, is about phenomenological consequence, and consequence lingers, lasts. This is a collection of monumental significance - and the work is gorgeous.'
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