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Body Language

Jon Stallworthy

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ISBN: 978 1 857547 46 7
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2004
216 x 135 x 5 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • ... I tasted what the eyes said, heard
    hands that were strangers talk as twins with no
    word spoken. Incandescent, the word
    was flesh, no longer the shadow
    of what it signified.
            from 'A Foreign Tongue'

    Body language and the body of language - from the first words in the first garden to the last words of last night's lovers - are the entwined themes of Jon Stallworthy's new collection of poems, his first since 1995. The centrepiece is 'Skyhorse', an ambitious poem for voices that finds in the White Horse on the Berkshire Downs an enduring presence through the turbulence of three millennia of English history. The book's second part is a candid, passionate sequence of elegies and love poems.
    Table of Contents

    Language

    In the Beginning

    Skyhorse

    1 The first priest of the White Horse, c.1000 BC

    2 Priest and poet, c.970 BC

    3 Poet of the shield-wall, AD 871

    4 Wandering Scholar, 13th century

    5 Antiquary, 18th century

    6 Rifleman (discharged), 52nd Regiment, 18 June 1832

    7 Mother, 1899

    8 Colonel and others, 1905

    9 Homeguard, 1940

    lOEx-homeguard, 1946

    11 Wandering Scholar, 1999/2000

    Dreamhorse

    Body

    Before Setting Out

    A Ferry for Bishop Jim

    The White Cloud

    Handiwork

    The Motor Vessel Anichka

    Le Violon D'Ingres

    A Foreign Tongue

    Lioness

    Taking Breath

    Libation

    Hers

    Clasp

    What's in a Name?

    Exorcism

    Hunting the Lark

    Osip Mandelstam Proposes a Toast

    A Word with History

    A Round

    Edward Thomas's Fob Watch

    In the House of the Poet



    Notes

    Jon Stallworthy, born in 1935, was educated at Rugby, in the Royal West African Frontier Force, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize of Poetry. A Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature, he is a Professor of English Literature at ... read more
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