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Windmills in Flames
Old and New Poems
ISBN: 978 1 847770 82 0
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: June 2010
216 x 135 x 10 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB)
sometimes a fragment of language
illuminates a world not consistently round
breathing its air
from 'Baggage Claim'
Tom Raworth’s Collected Poems (2003) was acclaimed by the Times Literary Supplement as a milestone: thirty years' work by a major poet of English modernism gathered for the first time. Raworth moves on, radical, inventive and politically engaged. Windmills in Flames takes a vertiginous ride through the language landscape we inhabit. Poems fragment and distort,veer in unexpected directions, reconfigure. Playful, often funny, Windmills in Flames is fuelled by anger at the use of language as an instrument of political deceit and military aggression.
Raworth often writes – and at public readings always performs – in lower case. The delivery is so swift you don’t notice the tremble in the air until later, the grenade goes off. Statements coming at you, one after another,without qualification or hierarchy...No flim-flam...He’s all detail, all darting quickness. - Iain Sinclair, London Review of Books
The poems have no purpose, though their author is happy should others find them interesting to read. This book collects some early works missing from the Collected Poems (2003). The rest were written since then. They will help the reader lose weight, have an attractive smile, be at ease with members of the opposite (or their own) sex, have relief from constipation, speak in tongues, fillet herrings and ultimately boost the Nation's economy. Tom Raworth
Cover illustration Copyright ©Tom Raworth. Cover design StephenRaw.com
Into the Wild Blue Yonder
Breeding the Arsenic-Proof Baby
In the Beginning Was the Word, and the Word Was
With God, and the Word Was God
Rather a Few Mistakes than Fucking Boredom
Art is the Farthest Retreat from Boredom
Preserved People are Rare
Drop in Existence
Thor Heyerdahl Solved the Mystery of the Statues? That Wasn’t the Mystery
How to Patronise a Poem
Intellectual Compost 6
With John Gian
Coda to a Laureate
Issue them Gasmasks
Baggage Claim (a slugging welterweight natural)
Maltese Named Trouble
Thanks for the Memory
Rolled Homogeneous Armour
Never Entered Mind
Data Death : Zerone
Rivers of Bling
Once and For All
Seething with Adventure
From Mountains and Gardens
Capture of Karadzic
Never Odd or Even
History Portrayed by Lifesize Working Models
I Wasn’t Before
Looks Like We’ve Got Brain Matter
Heat Up the Dead
Errata to Collected Poems (2003)
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.'
'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
'... Windmills in Flames shows the flame of linguistic and formal invention as bright as ever.'
Tom Leonard, Scottish Herald Best Books Of 2010
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