Poetry. By turns surreal, absurd, allegorical, and meta-fictional, this genre-defying cult classic of 33 linked sketches shows us a voice searching for meaning in the landscapes of intellect and ardor. This is a book of exquisite structures, of encounters with the tricksters of self, and it ultimately reveals a portrait of an artist willing to confront the mysteries and outermost limits of his own obsessions. Out of print for nearly 30 years, this new edition offers Wevill fans and new readers alike an essential work of contemporary experimental literature.
About the Author
David Wevill was born a Canadian in Yokohama, Japan, where his family had been living for two generations, in 1935. He left for Canada before the outbreak of World War II, moved to England during the 1950s, read History and English at Caius College, Cambridge, and gained a reputation as a premier young poet during his association with the London-based literary collective The Group. Wevill moved to Texas in the late 1960s, where he co-edited Delos: A Journal on and of Translation and taught at the University of Texas at Austin until his retirement. The author of sixteen books, his poetry was first showcased in the Penguin Modern Poets series and has since been awarded with an Arts Council Book Prize, the Richard Hillary Prize, two Arts Council Poetry Bursaries, an E.C. Gregory Trust Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry (Chicago), Harper's, The Listener, The Observer, The Spectator, and on the BBC. Wevill lives in Austin, Texas. Among his many books are CASUAL TIES (Tavern Books, 2010) and DEPARTURES: SELECTED POEMS (Shearsman Books, 2013).