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Third Day

New and Selected Poems

Grey Gowrie

Third Day: New and Selected Poems by Grey Gowrie
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Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (128 pages)
(Pub. Apr 2008)
9781857549669
£9.95 £8.96
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  • Third Day is a selection from the poems Grey Gowrie has written between 1958 and the present. At the centre of the book is the sequence 'The Domino Hymn: Poems from Harefield', first published to great acclaim in 2005. This work draws on the best part of a year spent in hospital when the author, dying of a virus on his heart, was jolted back to life and writing by the surgical gift of a heart from a living donor. 'Marches', poems of the post-operative years, follows, inspired by the country between England and Wales and the borderlands we all occupy between being and non-being. The book ends with 'From Primrose Hill', a meditation on contemporary London.


    Part One: Sixties

    Birthday Song
    Penelope
    Arabian
    For Brer
    Baucis
    Lady Day
    Father’s Story
    Postscript: History
    Oberland
    Prairie Wind
    Insect Others
    A Chance World
    Sixties
    Marion’s Time
    Outside Biba’s
    The Last Local Ones
    A Postcard from Don Giovanni
    Waiting Song
    The Beach Girl
    Like Nereids
    Duck Lunch
    Star
    Little Paul Klee Blues
    For George Herbert
    Postscript: The Lesson
    For Robert Duncan
    Easter Greetings for Samuel Beckett
    Piano
    A Prayer for Intelligence
    Elizabeth in the Shallows
    March Letters
    The Outlook Is Fair Only
    Jealousy Weather
    Smoke curls
    The Way Ahead
    The Words
    from An Imagined Life
    Blue Café
    Twenty-Eight
    Aspects of a Novel

    Part Two: The Domino Hymn: Poems from Harefield

    Transplant
    Celebrate
    The Squall
    Harvest
    Local
    Judgement
    Cull
    Fracture
    Third Day
    Gift
    The Domino Hymn
    Postscript: The Magus
    Minoan

    Part Three: Marches

    Was Judas’s Cover Blown?
    Funny Old Game
    Angela’s Dream
    Album
    Fern
    Drive
    Severn
    Georgic
    Marches
    Gardener’s Tale
    Quartet for Charlotte
    Flight
    Dingle
    Finnish
    Courrances
    So world,
    From Primrose Hill

    Notes
    Acknowledgements

    'Grey Gowrie's great Third Day: New and Selected Poems - a fine, stoical portrait of the age - fulfils all expectations'.
    Derek Mahon, the Irish Times, 29 November 2008
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