Time's Fool

Time's Fool

by Glyn Maxwell



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618073887
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Edition description: None
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.36(d)

About the Author

Glyn Maxwell is the author of nine books of poetry, including, most recently, The Sugar Mile. He is also a dramatist whoseplays have been staged in New York, Edinburgh, and London. His latest play,Liberty,had its world premiere in the summer of 2008at Shakespeare's Globe.Among other honors, he has won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the E. M. Forster Prize. He was the poetry editor of the New Republic from 2001 to 2007.He lives in London.

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If I could have avoided what I had to tell
I gladly would have, but my day had dawned,
my voice had meaning: 'Look. We are in Hell.'

So my reflection said. I saw beyond
his shoulder the dark wind and the wild trees
waving to the sky, and a grey wound

of sky was where the darkness was least,
an opening or a closing where a hole
was yellow almost with a feel of west,

while the train groaned beneath us on the rail
and didn't go. His smoke had crossed the floor
and voyaged through my hands. I'd been in Hell

for fourteen years. I rose to meet his stare
and held it, speaking: 'This day, I believe,
I shall be briefly freed, because this hour

I've recognized my language, in yourself.
I've counted to this day and now it's come.
For I was damned to this on Christmas Eve

and don't know why, how long, or in whose name.'
Glen turned his stare unchanging to the glass,
then turned it down. He sat there for a time,

but suddenly relaxed, and with a voice
from somewhere low and sad he asked my name...

Table of Contents

Chapters (with those years chiefly considered)

1. The Chance in Hell  1 1984 and 1977

2. We Did It in Music  45 1984

3. My First Poem  89 The Train and 1970

4. The Once  133 1970 and the Train

5. Mallarea  177 1991

6. A Child’s Recorder  221 1998

7. Demundo  265 2005

8. Still to Want You Gone  309 2012

9. The Candle Palace  353 2019

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