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Oxford Poets 2001
Edited by David Constantine, Hermione Lee and Bernard O'Donoghue
Featuring poetry by:
OxfordPoets 2001, the second OxfordPoets anthology, fulfils two functions. It reminds readers of some of the leading new and older figures on the Oxford list, including substantial extracts from their work in progress. It also continues the work that the first anthology so notably did, introducing poetry by new writers-but it now does so in
the context of the OxfordPoets list as a whole.
The variety of work - in its provenance, its formal choices and its thematic concerns - is impressive. All the poems here are marked by a keen intelligence of purpose and design, however various those purposes are and however experimental or traditional the design.
The anthology, while reaffirming the rich tradition of the Oxford list, now under the imprint of Carcanet and in association with the English Faculty of the University of
Oxford, also breaks new ground. First collections that have followed from the OxfordPoets anthology of 2000 include those of Rebecca Elson and Joe Sheerin.
Awards won by David Constantine Short-listed, 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award (The Shieling) Winner, 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize
(Tea at the Midland) Winner, 2010 BBC National Short Story Award
(Tea at the Midland)
Praise for David Constantine 'I started reading these stories quietly, and then became obsessed, read them all fast, and started re-reading them again and again. They are gripping tales, but what is startling is the quality of the writing. Every sentence is both unpredictable and exactly what it should be. Reading them is a series of short shocks of (agreeably envious) pleasure...'
AS Byatt, Book of the Week, The Guardian 'Flawless and unsettling.'
Boyd Tonkin, Books of the Year 2005, The Independent
'Touched at times with humour and infused with compassion, these complex, nuanced stories speak repeatedly of lives lived in some form of exile, yet manage to keep in play the possibility that exile is not, contrary to appearances, our true condition.'
New Welsh Review 'A. S. Byatt has described reading a previous collection of Constantine's short fiction as akin to experiencing ''a series of short shocks of (agreeably envious) pleasure''. Tea at the Midland shows the author to be on equally sparkling form again.'
'The excellence of the collection is fractal: the whole book is excellent, and every story is excellent, and every paragraph is excellent, and every sentence is excellent. And, unlike some literary fiction, it's effortless to read.'
The Independent on Sunday
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