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Rockdrill 4: Ace
Imprint: Audio CDs
Publisher: Carcanet Press
(Pub. Nov 2004)
Out of Stock
HOMILY the work of art
reveals an exact opposite
re-alignes your boundaries
not to recall
but to trigger
must not go out
Rockdrill is a series of unusual new audio CDs commissioned by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck College, London, & produced by Colin Still and Birdie Hall of Optic Nerve.
The series includes the work by British and American poets, and combines new and archival recordings. Each CD is remarkable for the scope and range of material included, and for the quality of production. This unique new sound library is scheduled to grow in directions suggested by the initial list.
Table of Contents
1. Drinking Electricity
3. My Face is My Own, I Thought
5. For Paul Dorn
6. Six Days
7. Ah the Poetry of Miss Parrot's Feet Demonstrating the Tango
8. Hot Day at the Races
9. Got Me
19. South America
20. Come Back, Come Back, O Glittering and White!
21. The Stroboscopic Forest Light Plays
22. Your Number is Up
24. Energy Gap
26. Surgical Names: John
28. Western World
29. I Better Put a Pattern Around This if They're Going to Call it a Poem
30. The Centry Doesn't Want to be
31. University Days
33. The Only Sound in Dallas was the Mexican Beans Jumping
34. A blue Vacuum Cleaner
35. The Beckoning Harpoon
36. The Conscience of a Conservative
37. Ulysses: or Trotsky's Death
38. The Drama Review
39. Funeral Cards
40. Beautiful Habit
41. Perpetual Motion
42. Horse Power
43. Coda: Songs of the Mask
47. Sped on Alone
48. Magnetic Water
Praise for Tom Raworth 'Brides in the source nail the soap-opera out of doowops? And then the parnassians for milfoils without floor-leaders. The Raworth loves to hum them toward the endeavour.'
Clark Coolidge 'Single-handedly, Tom Raworth has restored the value of quickness to English poetry. His is the alacrity of Shelley, of Byron, of Gerard Manley Hopkins, reinforced to meet a modern urgency. It is poetry of sensation, intelligence flashing down the spillway, faster than thought.'
Bill Berkson 'Tom Raworth is the one who's truly most interesting to me in England at the moment. I'm fascinated by what he's doing. He's an extraordinary poet.'
'As When is the selection I have waited for the whole spread of a great poets work.'
Fanny Howe 'It has the beauty and weight of a real thing in the world, and is just full of dark senses and wonders.'
Adam Piette, Poetry London
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