Puberty Tree: New and Selected Poems

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The twin obsessions of D.M. Thomas' poetry and novels are love and death. This selection shows his treatment of those themes for the past thirty years, from his early erotic lyrics, through his celebrated science fiction pieces, to more recent poems about sexuality, relationships, and family deaths. Includes poems from all his previous collections, as well as many new ones.
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The twin obsessions of D.M. Thomas' poetry and novels are love and death. This selection shows his treatment of those themes for the past thirty years, from his early erotic lyrics, through his celebrated science fiction pieces, to more recent poems about sexuality, relationships, and family deaths. Includes poems from all his previous collections, as well as many new ones.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781852242008
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
  • Publication date: 10/27/1993
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Unknown Shores 12
Private Detentions 13
A Lesson in the Parts of Speech 14
The Eumenides 15
Missionary 16
Tithonus 19
Hera's Spring 23
Pomegranate 26
Cygnus A 27
Requiem for Aberfan 30
Coma Berenices 38
Alphaville 38
Connemara 40
Kilpeck 41
Haiku Sequence 42
Trawl 47
'To Louisa in the Lane' 47
Lakeside 48
Logan Stone 49
Penwith 50
The Shaft 52
Nurses 60
Cecie 61
The Journey 62
Reticent 63
Rubble 64
Poem of the Midway 65
Kore 66
Marriage of Venice to the Sea on Ascension Day 67
Poem in a Strange Language 71
Friday Evening 71
Nightride 72
Surgery 73
You Are on Some Road 74
From Sonoran Poems 75
Diary of a Myth-Boy 80
Whale 83
A Cornish Graveyard at Keweenaw 85
Under Carn Brea 87
The Honeymoon Voyage 93
Voyage 94
Flesh 95
Sirmio 95
Venice 96
Portraits 96
Orpheus in Hell 98
The Marriage of John Keats and Emily Dickinson in Paradise 99
The Substance 100
The Young King Prophesies Immortality 100
Elegy for Isabelle le Despenser 101
Vienna. Zurich. Constance 102
In Her Imagined Person 104
Stone 105
Lorca 106
The Stone Clasp 108
Farewell, My Life; I Love You 110
Fathers, Sons and Lovers 112
Peter Kurten to the Witnesses 116
The Wolf-Man 118
Anastasia Questioned 119
Revisiting Arizona 120
My Sister's War 121
Big Deaths, Little Deaths 123
Ghost-House 128
Suitcases 129
Smile 129
Two Women, Made by the Selfsame Hand 131
Poetry and Striptease 133
Fox 134
Protest 136
Sadako Sasaki 138
Sun Valley 139
Menotti 140
Elegy for John Walter 142
For Doll Pentreath 144
The Clearing 145
From a Line by Randall Jarrell 146
The Handkerchief or Ghost Tree 147
The Puberty Tree 148
Ani 150
The Myth 152
Still Life 153
Blizzard Song 153
Sestina: Maria Maddalena 156
Christ on Palomar 158
Persephone 160
Hymen 161
From News from the Front 166
Visions 172
Winchester Cathedral 174
Muse 174
Here 176
The World's Creation 177
A Guide to Switzerland 179
Transatlantic Greetings 180
A Literary Lions 181
In The Fair Field 183
Index of titles and first lines 187
Biographical note 192
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