The Tenor on Horseback: Poems

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Following Tankard Cat (The Anti-Basilisk), the encrypted story this time is of thought desirous of levitation gradually crashing. The poems are, for the most part, addressed to facts. Diverse, sometimes prosaic, they also address desolation thrust upon us by atrocious facts-negatives that assault arduously civilized life. Yet some poems are not so shadowed. Among organizing figures the ship recurs, in its element, with extensions, e.g., the river, as in the verbatim (thus also factual) found poem 'Felo de se'. ...
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Overview

Following Tankard Cat (The Anti-Basilisk), the encrypted story this time is of thought desirous of levitation gradually crashing. The poems are, for the most part, addressed to facts. Diverse, sometimes prosaic, they also address desolation thrust upon us by atrocious facts-negatives that assault arduously civilized life. Yet some poems are not so shadowed. Among organizing figures the ship recurs, in its element, with extensions, e.g., the river, as in the verbatim (thus also factual) found poem 'Felo de se'. Whether or not "audiences" catch their auditory features, there exists a growing body of readers who remember and cherish Christopher Middleton's poems.
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What People Are Saying

Carolyn Kizer
“It is my belief that Christopher Middleton is the finest poet writing today. It may take some time for this to be generally recognized, but why wait? Read him now, in this splendid collection.”
Carolyn Kizer
“It is my belief that Christopher Middleton is the finest poet writing today. It may take some time for this to be generally recognized, but why wait? Read him now, in this splendid collection.”
Guy Davenport
“Christopher Middleton’s rare genius for exact observation and metaphysical wit has given us for over half a century now poems of such brilliant craftsmanship and exacting sensibility that a few critics only have dared to assess their magic. He is an incomparable stylist, a wry ironist, a philosopher of words. The only category in which he fits justly is that of poet.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931357494
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Cornwall in 1926, CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON studied at Merton College, Oxford, and taught German at Kings College, London. Since 1965 he has taught at the University of Texas, Austin.
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Table of Contents


For Preface a Lacuna     3
The Part of Gravity     5
The Poem Lost     7
Body Count     8
A Pair of Herons     9
A Sonnet of Nice Goats     10
Keyboard     11
This Confidence     12
The Tenor on Horseback     13
Metapontum: The Necropolis     16
Saying Goodnight to Kate     17
The First Portrait     19
Orbiana     21
The Aquinas Anecdote     24
Pseudo-Paracelsus     26
Imagine Mallarme     27
Chekhov at Sumy     29
Chekhov in a Park     31
Judge Bean     33
Felo de se     35
Senex     37
The Whelk     39
Ancient Emigre (Irish)     41
Elegy with Offenbach     43
Pictogram for a Maquisard     46
Election Eve in the Lord's Republic     47
Against Frenzy     49
A Paper Snake     51
The Wine Merchant's Secret     53
The Incident     55
Whatever Moves     56
The Wind-Chimes     58
Small Change, AD 147-8     59
The Brink     61
Homily with Reeds     62
Marginalia
The Third Man Reconsidered     65
A Demon Sniggering     68
A Happy Captain     70
Bouillons     71
Of Adverse Atmospheres     75
From the Cat     77
Exile (from the French of Leon-Paul Fargue)     78
In Memory of W.G. Sebald     82
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