by John Whale


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As much elegy as exploration, this compendium of poetry attends to experiences of childhood and the workings of history, discovering how individuals mark time and are subject to it in their lives. As readers experience poems inhabited by a host of shadows—fallen warriors, a conquistador, a father, a mother, a boxer—they are presented with a revelation of the poem itself, its capacity for expression and the space it provides for reflection and its precision and beauty. With this second collection, John Whale continues to take up the mantle of the 1960s Leeds School of poets, and Jeffrey Wainwright in particular, with whom he shares a philosophical and questioning stance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847772398
Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

John Whale is a professor of Romantic literature at the University of Leeds in England and the coeditor of the international literary quarterly Stand. He is the author of Imagination Under Pressure, 1789–1832 and of the poetry collection Waterloo Teeth, which was short-listed for the 2011 Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

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