Carcanet Press
Quote of the Day
It is impossible to imagine literary life in Britain without Carcanet.
William Boyd

My Reef My Manifest Array

John Wilkinson

Cover of My Reef My Manifest Array by John Wilkinson
RRP: GBP 12.99
Discount: 10%
You Save: GBP 1.30

Price: GBP 11.69
Available Add to basket
This title is available for academic inspection (paperback only).
Paperback
ISBN: 978 1 784106 91 1
Categories: 21st Century, American, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2019
216 x 135 x 15 mm
192 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
  • Description
  • Author
  • Reviews
  • In 1487 Sir Henry Bodrugan, pursued for treason, leapt from a Cornish clifftop into a waiting boat and fled to France. Bodrugan’s Leap, as the clifftop has come to be known, lies close to John Wilkinson’s childhood home, and supplies the title for the central cycle of poems in My Reef My Manifest Array. That totemic image of exile feeds an interest in borders and partings that runs throughout the collection. The Cornish landscape of the poet’s childhood, loaded with new significance following the death of his sister, is Wilkinson’s primary locus, but he ventures – flees, perhaps – farther afield, to Portland (Maine), Chicago, Sydney and Busan.

    Combining extended sequences with brief lyrics, Wilkinson’s lines tie minuscule linguistic knots that give pleasure when unwoven. The reading becomes archaeological as layers and layers of meaning, of feeling, of reason are exposed.
    John Wilkinson was born in London and grew up on the Cornish coast and on Dartmoor. After university at Cambridge he trained as a psychiatric nurse and worked in mental health services and public health in the West Midlands, South Wales and London's East End. In 2005 he moved to the ... read more
    'These poems knock the head around enough to cause whiplash.'
    Nathaniel Mackey
Share this...
The Carcanet Blog 'In the Mind's Own Sun': Editing Charles Tomlinson read more Sasha Dugdale on WS Graham read more PN Review 244: 'Perhaps only bad Poets become poets' read more Notes from the Dream House: 'The Shining' Review read more Judith Willson: Colour Standards read more Moser - PN Review read more
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2018 Carcanet Press Ltd