Liverpool Accents: Seven Poets and a City

Liverpool Accents: Seven Poets and a City

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Liverpool Accents: Seven Poets and a City by Peter Robinson

This anthology is not a historical survey of poetry about Liverpool, neither is it representative of "Liverpool poets". Rather, it is an opportunity for seven poets – all with a biographical link to the city – of different ages and affiliations to introduce their poetry. The poets represented have all been shaped by hearing the Liverpool accents; they have been influenced by the city’s history, culture and spirit. Coming from diverse cultural backgrounds and influenced by different parts of an extremely various place, the youngest less than half the age of the most senior, these poets demonstrate a range of poetic styles and concerns the city has helped to nourish. Each of the seven poets presents a selection of their poetry, also contributing an introductory prose piece focusing on their lives and work in relation to Liverpool. The poets are Elaine Feinstein, Adrian Henri, Grevel Lindop, Jamie McKendrick, Deryn Rees-Jones, Peter Robinson and Matt Simpson. The volume is introduced by John Kerrigan, who concludes: "Finally, and most intriguingly for Liverpudlians-in-exile, there is the pleasure of seeing what happens when voices brought up beside the Mersey encounter a larger world. On the evidence of Liverpool Accents, it is possible to prosper elsewhere, but not to forget the 'ocean-minded streets' (in Matt Simpson’s phrase) which line that gull-swarmed river."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780853236719
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 06/01/1996
Series: Liverpool University Press - Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures Ser.
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction - John Kerrigan
ELAINE FEINSTEIN
Liverpool Voices
Father
Dance for a Dead Aunt
Some Thoughts for Nathaniel
Against
Winter
Dad
Marriage
For Malcolm Lowry
The Telephone, Failing Again
For the Beatles
Night Thoughts
A Letter from La Jolla
England
Urban Lyric
Annus Mirabilis 1989
Photographs
Izzy's Daughter
Muse
Insomnia
Birthday
Homesickness
A Favourite Uncle
ADRIAN HENRI
A City of Poems
from Lowlands Away
—Dark Gate
—Sea Challenge
—Song of the Dark Lady
—Dreamwreck
—Sea Dawn
—Message
—Oyster
—Ballad of the Thames and Medway Barges
Liverpool 8
from Wasteland
Liverpool Poems
The Bell
The Triumph of the Innocents Winter Garden
Jessica
Uncle Bill
Love in Blackpool
Love in Southport
Mr Punch Speaks
GREVEL LINDOP
A Circumambulation of the Self
Games of Chance
Grandfather's Books
Kaleidoscope
O.S. Sheet 117: Chester
The Vampire's Confession
The Tell-Tale Heart
Summer Pudding
Binoculars from Nevilledale Terrace
Spot-Welder's Song
The Truth about Ariadne
from Trojan Voices
—Cassandra
—Timbers
—Poet
The Beck
From a Flat City
JAMIE MCKENDRICK
One to Spare?
Banana Boat
Trespassing
The Sound of Things
In the Hold
The One-Star
Vehicle
Ill Wind
Mersey Plumage
Landing
Decadence
Margin
Nostalgia
Axle-Tree
from The Kiosk on the Brink
—On the Volcano
—Il tremoto
—Lengths of Air
Uroboros
Inheritance
A Small Flag
DERYN REES-JONES
Going Home
The Memory Tray
The Great Mutando
The Chair
Grandma in the Garden
Shadowplay
And Please Do Not Presume
I Know Exactly the Sort of Woman I'd like to Fall in Love With
Goggle-Head
Soap
Blue
Horoscopes
Signs Around a Dead Body
The One That Got Away
Sheep Piece
Indian Summer
PETER ROBINSON
Liverpool...of All Places
The Interrupted Views
How He Changes
In the Background
For Different
Friends
A Short History
News Abroad
Plain Money
Faith in the City
For Lavinia
from Confetti
Lost Objects
Leaving Sapporo
The Albert Dock
On Van Gogh's La Crau
MATT SIMPSON
Voices, Accents, Histories
A Few Words Before Going Ashore in Liverpool
To Tom in Canada
My Grandmother's African Grey
Home from Home
An Elegy for the Galosherman
Seagulls
Making Arrangements
One Evening after the War
Fox Fur
Family
Joe Ellis, English Teacher
A Picture Palace View of a Liverpool Headmaster
Local Bootle Streets
Dead Ringer
Ancestors
On My Mother's Side
Write Off
A Note on Implement 48
End of the Line

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