Reversal

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Kate Rhodes's powerful first collection is part autobiography, part travelogue. In a series of moving poems she reverses at full speed into the past, searching for the father she never really got to know, and revisiting the childhood house she was often afraid to return to. Her travel poems consider the long, reflective car journeys she has taken across America, pausing to contemplate emotional landmarks. Don Paterson has described her style as ‘pared to the bone, elegant and precise.’ Her collection moves ...
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Overview

Kate Rhodes's powerful first collection is part autobiography, part travelogue. In a series of moving poems she reverses at full speed into the past, searching for the father she never really got to know, and revisiting the childhood house she was often afraid to return to. Her travel poems consider the long, reflective car journeys she has taken across America, pausing to contemplate emotional landmarks. Don Paterson has described her style as ‘pared to the bone, elegant and precise.’ Her collection moves confidently across an eclectic range of subjects from a portrait of Alfred Wallis to a one-to-one dialogue with Damien Hirst's shark, but all of her poems are characterised by their warmth, accessibility, and wit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904634072
  • Publisher: Enitharmon Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2005
  • Pages: 79
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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Kate Rhodes was born in London in 1964. She finished an English degree in 1987, before going on to complete a PhD at the University of Essex on the work of the American dramatist Tennessee Williams in 1993. Since that time she has worked as an English teacher in a sixth form college and more recently as a university lecturer. Currently she works for the Open University and as an adult learning tutor for the WEA. Kate lived for several years in North America during the 1990s. During 1997-8 she was the Cole and Drey Scholar at Rollins Liberal Arts College in Florida. She now lives in Suffolk.
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Table of Contents

Out of water 12
Empire State sky-diving 13
Driving to Key West 14
New York, New York 16
Utopia Parkway 17
To Damien Hirst's shark 18
Sun in an empty room 20
Looking for Tennessee 21
Tarpon Springs 22
Austin, Texas 23
Celebration 24
A piece of American sky 25
Take journeys in your mind 26
Croupier 27
Measuring America 28
Reversal 30
My father wore eternal clothes 31
Three photos of my father in reverse order 32
Feathers 33
The doorstep 34
Salvation 35
Fingers 36
Familial 37
Dot 38
My grandparents met in 1922 40
Cutlery 41
The moving van 42
Talking to giants 43
Charity 44
The orchard 45
Memory cards 46
Divining 47
The table 48
Inventory 49
The Hanoi lady fish 50
Childermas 51
Alfred Wallis at St. Ives 54
The welcome 56
Not today, thank you 57
Mr. Harris retires next year 58
Birds of paradise 59
Rendezvous 60
Gurdwara wedding 61
Dinner with Sanjay 62
Crazy golf 64
Bluebells 66
Boots 67
Circular breathing 68
Casablanca 69
One night with David Beckham 70
Jaguar XKR 71
Cloudy conditions 72
Mothing 73
Instantaneous 74
Storage 75
Paradise Road 76
Nun, paddling 77
Diving 78
Violin lessons 79
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