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Not Only I

Chris McCully

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ISBN: 978 1 857542 55 4
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 1997
214 x 139 x 15 mm
220 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Miles up I don't know where I am or care.
    Pressure, fracture deliver me to air.
    Without your hard completion nothing's whole.
    I dreamed your body back across the Pole.


    `Flight'

                
    When Chris McCully's first book of poems, Time Signatures (Carcanet, 1993), appeared, the Observer described the poet as `a keen fly-fisher, a translator of Old English poetry and an expert prosodist; and these skills have miraculously combined so that almost every poem alights on the surface of the reader's mind with absolute integrity, judgment, and profound allure'. McCully was, it added, `a major poet in the making'. In Not only I, a collection of love poems, he begins to fulfil that promise. His international reputation as a linguist, philologist, writer and theorist informs the collection, from the choice of inevitable structures to the explored cultural and individual difficulties of desire and loss. In this generous-and often wry-book, a poetic talent comes to maturity and finds its achieved voice.
    Chris McCully, born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1958, worked as a full-time academic, specialising in the history of the English language and on English sound-structure as well as on verse and verse-form, at the University of Manchester (1985–2003). From 2003–13 he worked part-time at various universities in the Netherlands (Vrije ... read more
    Praise for Chris McCully '€˜McCully gets the life of words, their swing and weight, resonance and cadence. The poems spark with great lines and phrases...'
    Literary Review
    'this is a singular collection from a singular voice in English poetry, and I highly commend it.'
    Phillip Quinlan, Angle
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