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Corpus : Cape Poetry - Symmons Roberts, Michael

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CORPUS - Michael Symmons Roberts' ambitious and inventive fourth collection - centres around the body. Mystical, philosophical and erotic, the bodies in these poems move between different worlds - life and after-life, death and resurrection - encountering pathologists' blades, geneticists' maps and the wounds of love and war.Equally at ease with scripture (Jacob wrestling the Angel in CHOREOGRAPHY) and science (MAPPING THE GENOME), these poems are a thrilling blend of modern and ancient wisdom, a profound and lyrical exploration of the mysteries of the body-So the martyrs took the lamb.It tasted rich, steeped in essenceOf anchovy. They picked it clean And found within, a goose, its pink Beak in the lamb's mouth like a tongue. Ranging effortlessly between the physical extremes of death - from putrefaction to purification - and life - drought and flood, hunger and satiation - the poems in Corpus speak most movingly of'living the half-life between two elements', of what it is to be unique and luminously alive.

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"Gorgeously meditative." -- Christina Patterson * Independent *
"Michael Symmons Roberts is a religious poet, though not in the sense of brandishing doctrinal certainties; he reflects on the world in a way that is informed by a sense of grace, of transcendence, but the pieces are grounded in detail, beautifully expressed, subtly luminous." -- Robert Potts * Guardian *

Peltp. 1
Ascension dayp. 2
Food for risen bodies - Ip. 3
Corpsep. 4
Corporealityp. 5
Attempts on your lifep. 7
Post-mortemp. 8
Food for risen bodies - IIp. 11
The boxp. 12
Carnivorous - Ip. 13
Food for risen bodies - IIIp. 14
The handsp. 15
Jairusp. 17
Groundedp. 18
Carnivorous - IIp. 20
Fleshp. 21
Your eyes tonightp. 23
Carnivorous - IIIp. 24
Choreographyp. 25
The razorp. 28
Mapping the genomep. 29
Carnivorous - IVp. 31
The drifter and his white shadowp. 32
Madame zerop. 36
Carnivorous - Vp. 38
To John Donnep. 39
What divides usp. 41
Food for risen bodies - IVp. 43
Geneticsp. 44
Edge of the worldp. 45
Menageriep. 46
Food for risen bodies - Vp. 48
Study for the world's bodyp. 49
Hidep. 51
Tonguep. 52
Pathologistp. 54
The giftsp. 55
A wreckp. 58
The frequencyp. 59
Food for risen bodies - VIp. 61
Cosmologyp. 63
Last thingsp. 64
Natalp. 65
Anatomy of a perfect divep. 67
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ISBN: 9780224073424
ISBN-10: 0224073427
Series: Cape Poetry
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 12th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 13.2  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.11
Edition Number: 1