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Out of the Air

Jeffrey Wainwright

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ISBN: 978 1 857544 15 2
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 1999
215 x 131 x 4 mm
80 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • ... Good morning brother scallop shell, kinned in calcium,
    Self-assembled from the slosh we are,
    Hard palate, hard ridge, bone of each other's bone...

    from 'Anne's Shells'

    In Out of the Air Jeffrey Wainwright gathers ghosts and brings them into earshot. There are elegies in which the daily world of chores and small events offers consolations. In 'The Apparent Colonnades', connections between artefact and life, and between individual lives, are probed.

    In 1994 Wainwright said that poetry now has 'the opportunity to combine so many different aspects of experience, knowledge and ways of speaking, and to mix them in a way that is richer, more linguistically - that is to say humanly diverse than any of the argufying discourses it might feed from. Descartes, a child's bedtime memories, geology and evolution (popularly apprehended), a bit of argot and verbal playfulness can co-exist here as in no other form outside the literary.'
    Jeffrey Wainwright was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1944 and was educated locally and at the University of Leeds. He has taught at the University of Wales, Long Island University in Brooklyn and for many years at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he was Professor in the Department of English and its ... read more
    Awards won by Jeffrey Wainwright Short-listed, 2017 Arnold Bennett Book Prize (What Must Happen )
    Praise for Jeffrey Wainwright  'What Must Happen is at once a lyrical meditation on the nature of history and on ourselves as perceiving subjects in a world of objects and other species. It ranges confidently across different geographies and societies  from working lives in Josiah Wedgewood's Etruria in the Potteries to the example of the Eternals: Jupiter, Venus, and Apollo. Combining sinuous intelligence with humanity and compassion, Jeffrey Wainwright's latest collection puts him at the forefront of contemporary English poets.'
    John Whale
    'Jeffrey Wainwright's work is among the most interesting of any poet now writing'
    The Guardian
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