Flame Tree: Selected Poems

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Ideal sampler of this fine Australian's work. Kevin Hart's poems have been hailed as among the best being written today. He is a visionary writer. His poetry is dual in nature and inspiration, embracing the pain and passion of humanity at the same time as it evokes the immanence of God in the world. It is both radiant and grounded, sensuous and searching, casting both light and shadow on what can be named while tracing the borderlines of what must be left unnamed. As Charles Simic has written, "I admire the way ...
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Overview

Ideal sampler of this fine Australian's work. Kevin Hart's poems have been hailed as among the best being written today. He is a visionary writer. His poetry is dual in nature and inspiration, embracing the pain and passion of humanity at the same time as it evokes the immanence of God in the world. It is both radiant and grounded, sensuous and searching, casting both light and shadow on what can be named while tracing the borderlines of what must be left unnamed. As Charles Simic has written, "I admire the way history, art, myth, literature and many things come together in his poetry. This book will be a feast for those who want poetry to be both metaphysics and song." Kevin Hart is not only one of Australia's most important poets, he is also his country's foremost literary theorist. He has translated the poetry of Ungaretti and edited The Oxford Book of Australian Religious Verse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852245450
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
  • Publication date: 4/4/2003
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

The Lines of the Hand 13
The Streets of Brisbane 14
Sin 15
Four Ghazals 16
The Day Shift: Ford Works, London 18
My Death 19
Six Poems 20
The Clocks of Brisbane 21
The Sea 22
The Stone's Prayer 23
Desire 24
For Jenny 25
Winter Portrait 26
The Yellow Christ 27
The Twenty-First Century 28
The Horizon 29
Silence 30
To Our Lady 31
The Street 32
Pozieres 33
Prague, 1968 34
The Family 36
The Old 37
A History of the Future 38
Three Prayers 39
Praying for the Dead 41
The Ten Thousand Things 45
Your Shadow 46
This Day 47
Jerusalem 48
Midwinter Summer 49
The Storm 50
Your Shadow 52
Midsummer 53
Flemington Racecourse 54
For Marion, My Sister 56
The Hammer 58
The Beast 59
North 60
Flies 61
The Will to Change 62
Sunlight in a Room 63
Your Shadow 64
The Members of the Orchestra 65
Mountains 66
The South Pole 67
The Real World 68
Old Man Smoking a Pipe 69
Your Shadow 70
To the Spirit 71
Come Back 72
Four Poems 73
The House 74
The End of Summer 75
Your Shadow's Songs 76
Summers 82
The Companion 84
Toscanini at the Dead Sea 85
'Till Sotell Deth Knoked at My Gate' 86
A Silver Crucifix on My Desk 87
The Last Day 89
Poem to the Sun 90
Gypsophila 95
Gacela 96
Firm Views 97
Approaching Sleep 98
The Ship 99
That Bad Summer 100
Haranguing Death 101
Winter at Pt. Henry 102
Facing the Pacific at Night 103
Dispute at Sunrise 104
Lullaby 105
The Story 106
The Map 107
'This Stone is Thinking of Vienna' 108
'The Present King of France is Bald' 109
'The Philosophy of Furniture' 110
American Journal 111
The Pleasure of Falling Out of Trees 112
Winter Rain 113
The Letter 114
Peniel 115
Making a Rat 116
The Historian of Silence 117
The Black Telephone 118
Reading at Evening 119
The Gift 120
The Dressmaker 123
The Carpenter 124
The Glorious Age 125
Heat 126
Drawing Room, Annerley, 1966 127
Her Name 128
No Easy Thing 129
The Great Explorers 130
The Discoverers 131
After Sappho 132
Her Whisper 133
Her Kiss 134
The Letter 135
The Room 136
The Book 137
Dark Angel 138
Thinking of David Campbell 139
The Fragrance of Summer Grass 140
We Must All Die 141
Brisbane 142
The Voice of Brisbane 143
My Mother's Brisbane 145
You 146
Membranes 147
Soul Says 151
Those White, Ancient Birds 152
The River 153
The Calm 155
'True, Like...' 156
September Rain 157
Rain 158
The Word 159
Beneath the Ode 160
Soul Says 161
Wimmera Songs 163
Nights 166
After Holderlin 169
Her Kiss 170
Nineteen Songs 171
'How Hast Thou Counselled Him ...' 181
The Bird is Close 182
'L'Intelligence avec l'ange' 184
The Little Air 187
The Hall 192
Madonna 195
Nights 200
Amo te Solo 202
Prayer 203
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