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Collected Poems

Marius Kociejowski

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Categories: 21st Century, British, Canadian
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Two decades ago a critic characterised Marius Kociejowski as a poet ‘whose imagination prowls the geographical boundaries of western culture’. He has a Polish name, was born in Canada, and lives in London where he collects other exiles, listens to their lives and writes them up. God’s Zoo (Carcanet, 2014), Evan Jones describes as ‘a world journey through London’s exiled and émigré artists, writers, poets and musicians’. He likes middle-length forms, less the lyric than the epylion, the epistle, dramatic monologue and eclogue. One of his tutelary spirits is the great Leopardi. Music is everywhere, notably Chopin and George Sand: music seems to propose some of the forms he chooses and how he modulates them. ‘All parts give meaning to the whole,’ he says, and proves it again and again. Kociejowski has produced over the last five decades a fine, refined body of work which this book celebrates.
    Marius Kociejowski was born in 1949 and lives in London. Poet, essayist and travel writer, hehas published three collections of poetry, two books based on his travels in Syria, The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool (Eland) and The Pigeon Wars of Damascus (Biblioasis), God's Zoo: Artists, Exiles, Londoners (Carcanet), which ... read more
    Awards won by Marius Kociejowski Winner, 1991 Cheltenham Prize for Coast
    'Difficulty has its own rewards in Kociejowski, whose careful orchestrations of language open up unexpected delights for the reader... These wonderful poems might serve as an antidote to the dumbing-down of modern life.'
    Ian Thomson, The Catholic Herald


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