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Edited by John Clegg
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ISBN: 978 1 784106 47 8
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Published: September 2018
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
John Heath-Stubbs was one of the defining poets of his age, a legendary performer (being blind, he recited even his major narrative poems from memory). This new selection by the young poet and critic John Clegg essentialises an abundant poet and celebrates his work in the centenary of his birth.
Awards won by John Clegg Short-listed, 2017 Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize
Praise for John Heath-Stubbs 'His range of subject matter is panoramic, and his control of emotion and intention the best of his generation.'
Poetry Review 'In his poetry, the literature of the past is an important inspiration, as are the images that inhabit it.'
'His poetry is formidable, amiable, hugely intelligent and sacramental.'
Times Literary Supplement. Praise for John Clegg 'I must have been waiting for a poet to fuse deep sincerity and irony, craft and process, the surreal and the historical, because I read this twice in one sitting, fizzing with jealousy. Clegg's poetry is a must.'
'Shaking off the dust of Cambridge, John Clegg spoors Bloomsbury, and then - Holy Toledo! - enters some western from another planet. Whatever horse he rides he makes it go, a lasso his modus operandi for capturing images.'
Marius Kociejowski 'No poet writing today matches John Clegg for wit and rigour. Holy Toledo! opens up a brilliant, uncanny frontier between the American West and the England of Empson, Davie and Woolf. Questioning language, rejoicing in it, Cleggâs poetry plunges headfirst into the Great Tradition and comes out swinging.'
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