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A great Welsh-English poet at the height of his powers
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A great Welsh-English poet at the height of his powers
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Stanley Moss
"Dannie Abse is a Welsh lyrical poet and medical doctor with a choirmaster's ear for language. Readers will hear, where there is narrative in these poems, a sometimes distant, sometimes nearby Welsh-English sound--call it pitch, call it history. And where there is song, something other--passages particularly beautiful in a language that is extra-English. There is mystical, moral sunlight in Abse's poetry. This important book consists of poems selected by him from most of his lifetime's work."
Stanley Moss
“Dannie Abse is a Welsh lyrical poet and medical doctor with a choirmaster’s ear for language. Readers will hear, where there is narrative in these poems, a sometimes distant, sometimes nearby Welsh-English sound—call it pitch, call it history. And where there is song, something other—passages particularly beautiful in a language that is extra-English. There is mystical, moral sunlight in Abse’s poetry. This important book consists of poems selected by him from most of his lifetime’s work.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937679071
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

DANNIE ABSE was born in Wales in 1925. He spent many years as a chest specialist in a London teaching hospital. He has published over 20 books, including four novels and a memoir.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Earlier Poems

The Uninvited 3

Letter to The Times 4

Duality 6

The Trial 8

Soho Saturday Night 12

Letter to Alex Comfort 14

Epithalamion 16

Elegy for Dylan Thomas 17

Anniversary 19

The Game 20

Return to Cardiff 22

Sunday Evening 24

As I was Saying 25

Olfactory Pursuits 26

Pathology of Colours 27

Hunt the Thimble 28

A Night Out 30

On the Release of Ezra Pound 31

Not Adlestrop 33

In Llandough Hospital 34

Photograph and White Tulips 35

Two Voices 36

Part 2 Poems 1967-1989

Mysteries 40

Peachstone 41

A New Diary 42

The Death of Aunt Alice 43

In the Theatre 44

Cousin Sidney 46

A faithful wife 47

Watching a cloud 50

Florida 51

In the gallery 53

White Coat, Purple Coat 55

The Stethoscope 56

A Winter Visit 57

The Doctor 58

X-ray 59

Pantomime Diseases 60

Imitations 61

Last Words 62

Phew! 63

Horse 64

In the Holiday Inn 66

Case History 68

Encounter at a Greyhound Bus Station 69

A Wall 71

The Origin of Music 72

A Prescription 73

The Wife of Columbus 75

White Balloon 77

Brueghel in Naples 78

Part 3 Later Poems

St Valentine's Night 83

Condensation on a Windowpane 84

Beautiful Dead Poets 86

Cricket Ball 86

Touch Wood 89

Ghosting for Mayakovsky 90

Thankyou Note 92

O Taste and See 93

At the Albert Hall 94

Lament of Heledd 95

A Heritage 97

C'est La Vie Politique 99

Souls 101

A Letter from Ogmore-by-Sea 102

Child Drawing in a Hospital Bed 104

Just a Moment 106

Terrible Angels 107

The Relic 108

The Tailor 110

The Story of Lazarus 111

Prufrock at the Seaside 112

The Yellow Bird 114

Why Angels and Unicorns Disappeared 116

No Lazarus 117

Enemies 118

Religion 119

Between 3 and 4 a.m 120

Welsh Valley Cinema, 1930s 123

Things 123

The Jeweller 125

North 126

Praise May Thither Fly 127

Shobo 128

Rilke's Invitation 129

Lucky 130

Ovid's Wish 132

A Letter to Stanley Moss in New York 133

All Things Bright and Beautiful 135

At Caerleon 136

At the Concert 137

On the Coast Road 138

Phone Call at Ogmore-by-Sea 139

A Marriage 140

The Malham Bird 141

With Compliments 142

Sloppy Love Poem 143

Yesterday's Tiff 144

A Doctor's Love Song 145

Part 4 Latest Poems

Lachrymae 149

After the Memorial 151

The Revisit 152

The Violin Player 153

Letters 154

Portrait of an Old Poet 155

The Presence 156

The Old gods 157

In Highgate Woods 158

Wagner 159

Both Eyes Open 160

In Black Ink 161

Winged Back 163

Cats 164

Sunbright 166

Moonbright 167

Portrait of an Old Doctor 168

Part 5 Longer Poems

The Smile Was 171

Funland 177

Carnal Knowledge 192

Events Leading to the Conception of Solomon, the Wise Child 195

The Abandoned 206

Valediction 210

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