Portrait of My Father in an English Landscape

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The poems in Portrait of my Father in an English Landscape are about childhood, language, and growing up in a foreign country, England. George Szirtes writes particularly about his own father, captured in images, anecdotes, and sudden, vivid fragmentary stories. The bravura formal structure of these remarkable sequences continues Szirtes's tradition of writing long poem sequences, as well as linked sonnets, and contributes to his personal history of Europe.

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Overview

The poems in Portrait of my Father in an English Landscape are about childhood, language, and growing up in a foreign country, England. George Szirtes writes particularly about his own father, captured in images, anecdotes, and sudden, vivid fragmentary stories. The bravura formal structure of these remarkable sequences continues Szirtes's tradition of writing long poem sequences, as well as linked sonnets, and contributes to his personal history of Europe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192880918
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/23/1998
  • Series: Oxford Poets Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
George Szirtes, Senior Lecturer in Poetry at Norwich School of Art & Design and author of many collections of poetry, is the 1995 recipient of the European Poetry Translation Prize for his translation of Zsuszsa Rabovszky's New Life.

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Table of Contents

Rabbits 1
Golden Bream 3
Daffodils 4
Mouth Music 5
Man with a Surgical Collar, Woman Encumbered with Kindness 7
Gunsmith 8
Tinseltown 9
The First, Second, Third and Fourth Circles 10
The House Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even 12
The Idea of Order at the Jozsef Attila Estate 13
The Manchurian Candidate 14
Variations on Radnoti: Postcards 1989 15
Busby Berkeley in the Soviet Union 16
Four Villonesques on Desire 18
Three Songs for Ana Maria Pacheco: Whispers 22
Three Songs for Ana Maria Pacheco: Porcupine 23
Three Songs for Ana Maria Pacheco: Cat in the Bag 24
Directing an Edward Hopper 25
Day of the Dead, Budapest 26
Sap Green: Old School 27
Prussian Blue: Dead Planets 28
Chalk White: The Moon in the Pool 29
Cerulean Blue: Footnote on Wim Wenders 31
Romanian Brown 32
Lemon Yellow: A Twist of Lemon 36
Flesh Pink: The Face in the Coat 38
The Looking-Glass Dictionary 40
Travel Book 48
Portrait of my Father in an English Landscape 56
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