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The Very Man

The Very Man

by Charles Boyle
     
 
As a street beggar (Tamerlaine?) in the opening poem warns, a life is no simple narrative with "a beginning, middle and end". "The Very Man", Charles Boyle's fourth Carcanet collection, is rich in unexpected digressions and conjunctions:

Yuri Gagarin and a star of the silent screen, American films and the Eastern Bloc revolutions, D.H. Lawrence and deep-frozen

Overview

As a street beggar (Tamerlaine?) in the opening poem warns, a life is no simple narrative with "a beginning, middle and end". "The Very Man", Charles Boyle's fourth Carcanet collection, is rich in unexpected digressions and conjunctions:

Yuri Gagarin and a star of the silent screen, American films and the Eastern Bloc revolutions, D.H. Lawrence and deep-frozen fish, religion and a self-assembly bookshelves kit, Masai initiation rites and suburban adultery, 1812 and office afternoons. Here too are Stendhal in a Paris heat-wave, Muybridge murdering his wife's lover and other portrait sketches that, for all their clarity and cunning, often refuse to distinguish between real and invented lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780856359552
Publisher:
Carcanet Press, Limited
Publication date:
04/30/1993
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

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