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In the Wake of the Day : ELEANOR BRASCH - John Ash

In the Wake of the Day


By: John Ash

Paperback Published: 27th February 2013
ISBN: 9781847770448
Number Of Pages: 85

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"In the Wake of the Day" is a book of memories and journeys; from the chaotic energy of urban life in modern Istanbul, where John Ash lives, to the ruins of vanished civilisations; from personal incident to the narratives and vacancies of cultures. Ash inhabits the fertile and ambiguous territory where East and West meet. We 'know and do not know' the past. In an 'imperial city without empire, place of paradox', time too becomes fluid. The ancient, half-imagined past of Ur, Alexandria, Cappadocia coexists with a contemporary world in which 'tank tracks are driven over Babylon'. At the centre of this collection are John Ash's versions of poems by the great Alexandrian C.P. Cavafy. Working with Cavafy's voice, Ash expresses his own urbane intelligence.

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"[John Ash] may be the doyen of a new 'Istanbul School' [of poetry]." --"Economist"
"John Ash could be the best English poet of his generation." Peter Campion, "Poetry," on "To the City""
"This may be the most auspicious debut of its kind since Auden s." "New York Times Book Review" on "The Branching Stairs""
"Full of elegance and poise, properly elegiac and alluding to real, as well as imagined losses and absences, the poems are by turns beautiful, entertaining, and moving." "Guardian""
"[John Ash]may be the doyen of a new 'Istanbul School' [of poetry]." "Economist""

The Women of Kars
The Couplep. 9
Olivesp. 10
Unasked Forp. 11
Finding Prostannap. 13
In Jean Dubuffet's Crimson Landscapep. 15
Babylonp. 17
Tristiap. 18
Near the Euphratesp. 19
Impossiblep. 20
Poem: 'I never really wanted...'p. 22
Lines Written in a Hotel Room in Afyonp. 23
The Cutp. 25
Tramwayp. 27
Partial Explanationp. 29
Practical Criticismp. 30
Difficultp. 32
The Towel of Alyattesp. 33
The Resultp. 34
The Women of Kars (or Some Other Places I Know and Do Not Know)p. 36
After Cavafy
Without Memorialp. 45
Fever of Kleitosp. 46
The Battle of Magnesiap. 48
Antiochus Epiphanesp. 50
The Gods in their Wisdomp. 51
In Ă–sroenep. 53
Disillusionment of Demetrius Soterp. 54
The Triumph of John Kantakouzenosp. 56
Exilesp. 58
A Byzantine Nobleman Writing in Exilep. 59
In a Syrian Harbourp. 60
The Bergamot Tree
Pinarap. 63
In the Wake of the Dayp. 64
Finding Prostanna (2)p. 66
Two Poems with an Uncritical Apparatusp. 68
Stationsp. 72
Prose for Ebubekir Akbulutp. 76
The Antiochiadp. 80
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ISBN: 9781847770448
ISBN-10: 1847770444
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 85
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.46  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.11

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