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The poems in this volume were selected by Glyn Maxwell from TALE OF THE MAYOR'S SON (published in 1990, when he was twenty-eight), OUT OF THE RAIN (shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize), and REST FOR THE WICKED. Maxwell “is a formalist,” wrote Robert McIlwaine about his first book, “but . . . he is an outspoken anti-elitist social poet. His strenuous well-wrought poems . . . come from an English tradition of technical virtuosity with plain speech.” The Boys at Twilight shows, sometimes comically, men at war, boys ...
The poems in this volume were selected by Glyn Maxwell from TALE OF THE MAYOR'S SON (published in 1990, when he was twenty-eight), OUT OF THE RAIN (shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize), and REST FOR THE WICKED. Maxwell “is a formalist,” wrote Robert McIlwaine about his first book, “but . . . he is an outspoken anti-elitist social poet. His strenuous well-wrought poems . . . come from an English tradition of technical virtuosity with plain speech.” The Boys at Twilight shows, sometimes comically, men at war, boys at play, boys grown up, men overreaching and reverting. Other concerns are the dangers of authority and mob psychology, the absurdities of stardom and consumerism, the heroism of the decent, and the wisdom of doubt. His subjects range from biblical stories to the “Tale of the Chocolate Egg,” which is a long, “pitch-perfect description of a bored young man’s growing obsession with a new kind of candy” (Adam Kirsch, New Republic). Always in his work, “Maxwell knows that to see into is not necessarily to see through . . . His virtuosity has a ballast of sobriety” (Poetry Book Society).
The High Achievers
Educated in the Humanities, they headed for the City, their beliefs implicit in the eyes and arteries of each, and their sincerity displayed in notes, in smiles, in sheaves of decimal etcetera. Made, they counted themselves free. Those were the hours of self-belief, and the slow accolade of pieces clattering into a well.
And then the shrug of powers, and the millions glutted where they fell toadstooling into culture. Who knows when they made their killings during that hot spell: flies or policemen? An infinity of animals began to thrive especially, as when the dull sea, sick with its fish, was turning them to men.
Copyright © 1990, 1992, 1995, 2000 by Glyn Maxwell
Contents Tale of the Mayor’s Son (1990)
11 My Turn 12 Tale of the Mayor’s Son 17 Drive to the Seashore 18 Flood Before and After 20 The Albatross Revolution 22 Mandate on an Eighth of May 25 The Pursuit 26 Mild Citizen 27 The High Achievers 28 Wasp 29 The End of the Weekend 32 A Whitsun 34 Just Like Us 36 Tale of a Chocolate Egg 52 Farm Close
Out of the Rain (1992)
55 Errand Boy 56 The Fires by the River 57 EC3 58 The Eater 59 The Uninvited 60 Recollection of a Meal 63 Helene and Heloise 66 We Billion Cheered 67 The Hang of It 68 Sport Story of a Winner 70 Dream but a Door 71 Desire of the Blossom 72 Rare Chat with the Red Squirrel 74 Plaint of the Elder Princes 76 Rumpelstiltskin 77 One and Another Go Home 78 La Brea 79 Nativity 80 War Hero 81 And Leaves Astonishing 82 Didymus the Seated 84 Springs of Simon Peter 85 Thief on the Cross 86 Out of the Rain
Rest for the Wicked (1995)
109 Peter Brook 110 The Ginger-Haired in Heaven 111 Birth Day 112 The Wish 113 Garden City Quatrains 116 As You Walk Out One Morning 118 Love Made Yeah 119 Either 120 The Boys and Girls of There 122 The Boys at Twilight 124 Song of Our Man 125 Growing Men 126 Younger Than That Now 128 The Stakes 129 The Furthest West 130 Watching Over 131 Lust 131 Conquest 132 The Sentence 133 The Night Is Young 134 If You Haven’t Got a Shilling 135 Curse on a Child 136 Don’t Waste Your Breath 138 Museum 139 Sulk 140 The Margit-Isle 142 The Great Detectives 144 The Devil at War 146 The Altered Slightly 147 Yellow Plates 148 The Sarajevo Zoo 150 A Force That Ate Itself 152 The People’s Cinema 154 The Allies 155 The Horses’ Mouths 160 Stargazing
Posted March 2, 2004
Simply put: Maxwell is a well respected poet, who continues to prove why some poets should not be respected. His word play is nice, but so it my 10 year old's. This is a collection not needed by people desperate for kindling. All the stars in heaven, none should be spared for him!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.