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Collected Poems

Poems, 1985-96 v. 2

By (author) Peter Reading
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Aug 1997
Dimensions: w 140mm h 225mm d 27mm
Weight: 589g
ISBN-10: 1852243562
ISBN-13: 9781852243562
Barcode No: 9781852243562
Synopsis
England's unofficial laureate mixes the matter and speech of the gutter in his angry, why-are-we-here- poems, but he uses meter for the jobPeter Reading's poems from twenty-five years and eighteen books have been published in two volumes, the first, Poems 1970-1974, in 1995 - "A poetry of foul moods. But it is also a poetry that insists on angry intelligence over world-weary head-shaking". -- Publishers Weekly. For a poet to be collected like this, at the age of fifty in mid-career, is unusual, but not for Reading -- prolific, distinctive and controversial. His is an epic lament for a species given to cruelty and self-destruction. Generally, rhyme provides the backbone for public poetry. What sets Reading apart is his use of mostly classical dactylic meter, with Latin hexameters, couplets, and older Greek forms.

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