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Facing Things

Alistair Elliot

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ISBN: 978 1 857543 04 9
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: May 1997
216 x 136 x 6 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • I bought a chocolate milk
    and left, again looking up
    for the wild creatures
    surviving in their niche.

    from Leaving North Dakota

    The 'things' in the title of Alistair Elliot's new collection are the writer's back lane (a tempting distraction), a flag with medieval Syrian embroidery which the Queen of the Fairies gave to 'the'MacLeod, a radio which has provided news (or something) for six decades, posh flowers, and much else. As Elliot declares in a poem about a squashed bug in a book, one person's 'insignificant'can be right at the centre for someone, perhaps, everyone else.
    Alistair Elliot was born in Liverpool in 1932. My Country, his collected poems, came out in 1989. His Italian Landscape Poems and his translation of Euripides’ Medea, made for the Almeida Theatre and Diana Rigg, appeared in 1993. He also published as parallel texts a version of Heine’s Lazarus ... read more
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