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The Silence

John Greening

Cover of The Silence by John Greening
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ISBN: 978 1 784107 47 5
Categories: 21st Century, Art, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: June 2019
216 x 135 mm
90 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • The title poem of John Greening’s The Silence is a meditation on Sibelius and the thirty years he spent grappling with an eighth symphony that he eventually burned. The poem is emblematic of a broader concern with the mystery of the creative process, explored in the work of other artists but also grappled with first-hand, in the composition of poems.

    Death, that most emphatic of silences, is a recurring theme; but so too is the bright potentiality of the unknown, the beyond. A tribute to the late Dennis O’Driscoll is, among other things, a bold meditation on hope. Elsewhere, Greening visits the Peak District, the Ancient Egypt of Nebamun, Sibelius’s Finland, and the vanished settlements beneath Heathrow Airport, listening to the strange music each place contains. Along the way are poems on trees, penny coins, Hilliard miniatures, a coal bunker, a totem pole, the X5 bus route, and migrating geese.
    John Greening was brought up near Heathrow, and studied at Swansea, Mannheim and Exeter. After some time working at BBC Radio 3 under Hans Keller, he and his wife spent two years with VSO in Upper Egypt (he was awarded the Alexandria Poetry Prize by Mrs Sadat), which spawned Westerners (Hippopotamus, ... read more
    Awards won by John Greening Winner, 2001 TLS Centenary Winner, 1998 Bridport Award Winner, 2008  Cholmondeley Award
    Praise for John Greening 'Delightfully alert to connections and intersections, to historical ironies... [Greening is] a serious (but never excessively solemn) poet, who cares about both 'facts' and ideas and makes his poetry out of the interpenetration of the two.'
    Glyn Pursglove
    'So to conclude calamity in rest.' In his powerful new collection, John Greening opens lines of communication with poets of the Great War, bridging a century with heart-work of immediacy, economy and humanity.'
    Penelope Shuttle
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