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Skywriting: And Other Poems
     

Skywriting: And Other Poems

by Charles Tomlinson
 

The winner in the third annual contest for the New Criterion Poetry Prize, Skywriting and Other Poems is a triumphant book by an acknowledged master of the craft. Charles Tomlinson's unfailing sensitivity and decorum toward the visual world is brilliantly realized in this new book. Willard Spiegelman calls him "a patient looker at landscape." Whether his subject is

Overview

The winner in the third annual contest for the New Criterion Poetry Prize, Skywriting and Other Poems is a triumphant book by an acknowledged master of the craft. Charles Tomlinson's unfailing sensitivity and decorum toward the visual world is brilliantly realized in this new book. Willard Spiegelman calls him "a patient looker at landscape." Whether his subject is a temple in Japan, the landscapes of his native England, or the "lithe iambics" of two runners on a beach in Italy, Mr. Tomlinson's extraordinary perception is everywhere evident. It is a perception that lights up the world, "as lightning explores the sleeping face of nature." His ethical sense emerges not from politics or a social agenda but from his precise and fastidious evaluation of the perceived world. Donald Hall calls him "a master of the craft....His poems have the finality of form which you find only among the first-rate."

Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
Tomlinson's perfected style has been little imitated, but I predict it will come to be seen as one of the major achievements of late twentieth-century English verse.
The Economist
Mr. Tomlinson is an eloquent poet of place...whose work combines visual exactitude with an uncommon gracefulness of expression.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Tomlinson, 76, is a painter as well as a poet, and his artist's eye serves him well in his poetry.... This book in fact records a well-planned poetic itinerary.
— Frank Wilson
Chicago Tribune
Reading Charles Tomlinson makes one acutely aware that there's a whole world outside—and inside too—just waiting to be noticed, and that the more we notice, the more we are enriched.
New York Sun
A standout.
Hugh Kenner
His poems are among the best in the English language this century.
William Carlos Williams
Tomlinson's poetry gives a refreshing rustle or seething to the words which bespeak the entrance of a new life.
Willard Spiegelman
A patient looker at landscape.
Donald Hall
A master of the craft, his poems have the finality of form which you find only among the first-rate.
Octavio Paz
He is fascinated—with his eyes open: a lucid fascination—at the universal busyness, the continuous generation and degeneration of things.
The Philadelphia Inquirer - Frank Wilson
Tomlinson, 76, is a painter as well as a poet, and his artist's eye serves him well in his poetry.... This book in fact records a well-planned poetic itinerary.
Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Tomlinson's perfected style has been little imitated, but I predict it will come to be seen as one of the major achievements of late twentieth-century English verse.
Frank Wilson
Tomlinson['s]...eye serves him well in his poetry .... This book in fact records a well-planned poetic itinerary.
Philadelphia Inquirer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566635417
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
10/15/2003
Series:
New Criterion Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.51(d)

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Willard Spiegelman
A patient looker at landscape.
Donald Hall
A master of the craft, his poems have the finality of form which you find only among the first-rate.
Octavio Paz
He is fascinated-with his eyes open: a lucid fascination-at the universal busyness, the continuous generation and degeneration of things.
William Carlos Williams
Tomlinson's poetry gives a refreshing rustle or seething to the words which bespeak the entrance of a new life.
Hugh Kenner
His poems are among the best in the English language this century.

Meet the Author

Charles Tomlinson was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, read English at Queen's College, Cambridge, and is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, literary essays, and admired translations, and editor of the important and acclaimed Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation. Mr. Tomlinson has received the Bennett Award from the Hudson Review for his achievement in poetry. He has also had shows in the United Kingdom of his paintings and drawings. He lives in England.

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