Skywriting: And Other Poems

Skywriting: And Other Poems

by Charles Tomlinson


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Skywriting: And Other Poems by Charles Tomlinson

The winner in the third annual contest for the New Criterion Poetry Prize, Skywriting and Other Poems is a triumphant book by an acknowledged master of the craft. Charles Tomlinson's unfailing sensitivity and decorum toward the visual world is brilliantly realized in this new book. Willard Spiegelman calls him "a patient looker at landscape." Whether his subject is a temple in Japan, the landscapes of his native England, or the "lithe iambics" of two runners on a beach in Italy, Mr. Tomlinson's extraordinary perception is everywhere evident. It is a perception that lights up the world, "as lightning explores the sleeping face of nature." His ethical sense emerges not from politics or a social agenda but from his precise and fastidious evaluation of the perceived world. Donald Hall calls him "a master of the craft....His poems have the finality of form which you find only among the first-rate."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566635417
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 10/15/2003
Series: New Criterion Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Charles Tomlinson was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, read English at Queen's College, Cambridge, and is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, literary essays, and admired translations, and editor of the important and acclaimed Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation. Mr. Tomlinson has received the Bennett Award from the Hudson Review for his achievement in poetry. He has also had shows in the United Kingdom of his paintings and drawings. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Mexico: A Sequence11
A Visit to Don Miguel21
Waiting for the Bus at Tlacochahuaya23
A Fragment from Mexico26
From the Plane29
In Ferrara31
The Etruscan Graveyard at Marzabotto32
The Runners at San Benedetto34
In June36
July on the High Plain38
The Journey: Pescocostanzo--Roma39
Piazza Navona43
Farewell to Europa45
Japanese Notebook49
To Shizue52
For Noriko53
On Lantau Island56
Waiting for John59
Bristol Night Walk60
Death of a Poet62
For T. H.64
Cotswold Journey (2001)65
Spem in Alium67
Slow Down71
Newark Park (an upward glance)72
In the Hallway75
The Even Numbers77
If Bach had been a Beekeeper78
The Transformation82
Ode to Memory83
The Leaper85
Fire and Air87
Primal Fire89
Watching Water90
The Martins92

What People are Saying About This

Willard Spiegelman

A patient looker at landscape.

Donald Hall

A master of the craft, his poems have the finality of form which you find only among the first-rate.

Octavio Paz

He is fascinated-with his eyes open: a lucid fascination-at the universal busyness, the continuous generation and degeneration of things.

William Carlos Williams

Tomlinson's poetry gives a refreshing rustle or seething to the words which bespeak the entrance of a new life.

Hugh Kenner

His poems are among the best in the English language this century.

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