The Marble Fly

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The Marble Fly, is Jamie McKendrick's third collection of poems following The Kiosk on the Brink and his widely acclaimed collection The Sirocco Room. The title refers to an image on a Pompeian wall-relief and fuses McKendrick's interests in the classical world and natural history. These forty poems, each pertaining to a particular history--whether natural or unnatural, personal or impersonal--focus on modes of transport and their relation to the natural world. As eloquent as they are intricate, the poems work ...
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The Marble Fly, is Jamie McKendrick's third collection of poems following The Kiosk on the Brink and his widely acclaimed collection The Sirocco Room. The title refers to an image on a Pompeian wall-relief and fuses McKendrick's interests in the classical world and natural history. These forty poems, each pertaining to a particular history--whether natural or unnatural, personal or impersonal--focus on modes of transport and their relation to the natural world. As eloquent as they are intricate, the poems work on both a literal and metaphorical level, and cover such topics as Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle, the construction of canals, the first airplane, and spiders sent up into space in the Skylab.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780192832566
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: Oxford Poets Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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About the Author
Jamie McKendrick, winner of the Eric Gregory Award, is the author of two previous books of poetry, including The Sirocco Room, named Poetry Book of the Year by The Independent on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph, and The Kiosk on the Brink.

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Table of Contents

Ancient History 3
Matador 4
Paestum 5
Vehicle 6
A Roman Ruin 8
Boneshaker 9
The Spleen Factory 11
The One-Star 12
The Marble Fly 14
Span 15
The Duet 16
Flight 17
Flying Colours 18
A Flight of Locks: i Flow 19
A Flight of Locks: ii Canal 19
A Flight of Locks: iii Canalside 20
A Flight of Locks: iv Lock 20
A Flight of Locks: v Heron 21
A Flight of Locks: vi Bridge 21
In the Hold 22
Ultima Thule 23
Banana Boat 24
Survival 26
Taken Awares 27
Six Characters in Search of Something 28
The Best of Things 29
Brain Music 31
Name-Tag 33
Person Unknown 35
Somewhere Please 36
Gainful Employment 38
Illuminated Manuscript 39
Possession 40
A Shortened History in Pictures 41
The Century Plant 42
Gardener's World 43
Seismograph Company 44
The Embrace 45
On/Off 46
Aphrodisiacs 47
Gulf 48
Legacies 49
Zeroes 51
Galatea and Polyphemus 52
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