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This collection of poetry depicts those times and spaces in which awareness is made more acute— from memories of childhood incidents to vivid evocations of America, France, and Spain; from meditations on works of art to precisely observed details of the world as "the thing it is." Infused with a sense of the mysteries to be found within phenomena, this is a collection shaped by the passing of time that reconciles the human and the natural worlds.

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This collection of poetry depicts those times and spaces in which awareness is made more acute— from memories of childhood incidents to vivid evocations of America, France, and Spain; from meditations on works of art to precisely observed details of the world as "the thing it is." Infused with a sense of the mysteries to be found within phenomena, this is a collection shaped by the passing of time that reconciles the human and the natural worlds.

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"Tomlinson's work and his new volume achieve balance, synthesis and wonderful expression. Add to this that he is also very funny, and I trust you have abandoned any reason not to buy the book. Let's be proud of him."  —David Morley, The Guardian

"Tomlinson's distinctive poetry springs from a patience in looking, and a precision in feeling. Along with Hill, Larkin and Hughes, he has produced one of the four most commanding bodies of work since 1945."  —The Tablet

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Meet the Author

Charles Tomlinson is a former professor at the University of Bristol. He has published many collections of poetry and volumes of criticism and translation, and was the editor of the Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation in 1980. His poetry has won the 1993 Bennett Award from the Hudson Review; the New Criterion Poetry Prize, 2002; the Premio Internazionale di Poesia Ennio Flaiano, 2001; and the Premio Internazionale di Poesia Attilio Bertolucci, 2004.

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Table of Contents


Above the City     9
A View from the Shore     10
New Jersey - New York     11
A Name on the Map     12
The Upstate Freeze     13
Apples     14
Four for David Smith
Interior for Exterior     15
The Timeless Clock     15
Hudson River Landscape     16
Bolton Landing     16
Recalling Orson Welles     17
Providence     18
Thomas Jones in Naples, 1782     19
Stellar Friendship     20
The Pupil     21
La Rochelle     22
Monet's Giverny     23
Les Joueurs de Football     24
Bread and Stone     26
Fantasia in Limestone     27
Choice     28
Pebble     29
Chinchon     30
November in Aranjuez     32
Santiago de Compostela     33
The Portuguese Ox     34
Lessons
On a Picture of Burslem   Leonard Brammer     35
The Fruits of Ignominy     35
The Bicycle     36
In Memory of Agnes Beverley Burton     36
To Nora Christabel Pennet     37
The Boy on the Sick-Bed     37
The Photograph     38
Little Eve and the Miners     39
In '35     40
I Was a Child     41
Aubade     42
Seasons     43
In the Valley     44
Tree Talk     45
Dragonflies     46
Swifts     47
In Autumn     48
In January     49
The Rain Is Over     50
Jaws     51
Across the Dark     52
Westminster Bridge from the Eye     53
In the Wind     54
Returning     55
In the Mirror     56
A Rose from Fronteira     57
Return to Valestrieri     58
Mandarinas     59
November     60
Morning     61
Frost     62
On Snow     63
In a Glass of Water     65
Vessel     66
The Holy Man     67
Inheritance     68
Nocturne     70
The Way Back     71
M62     72
A Ballad of Iole and Dryope     73
An Ovidian Ballad      76
Eden     77
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