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Waterloo Teeth

John Whale

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Categories: 21st Century, British, First Collections
Imprint: Northern House
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (64 pages)
(Pub. Aug 2010)
9781847771117
£9.95 £8.96
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  • we fell upon the rain-soaked bodies of the dead
    and ripped lace gorgettes from the dandy officers.
    From the rosy cheeks of English plough-boys
    we pulled two hundred sets of perfect teeth.


    These lines, from the title poem of Waterloo Teeth, set an historical aftermath in vivid motion. John Whale's first book of poems explores our capacity to articulate the pain and pleasure of such experiences - our own, and those of others distant from us which become ours as we live them through imagination.
    JOHN WHALE was born in Liverpool in 1956 and studied at the University of Leeds before moving to a post at University College Cardiff. He returned to Leeds University in 1984, where he is now Professor of Romantic Literature and from where he co-edits the international literary quarterly Stand. ... read more
    'I loved this book, clever and culturedand steeped in the era of the Romantics.'
    Suzi Feay
     'mixes verbal originality... with sympathetic clarity and seriousness: poems that matter.'
    Bernard O'Donoghue
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