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Poems Twice Told - Jay MacPherson

Paperback Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9780195403794
Number Of Pages: 96

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This volume brings together two collections - one well known but unavailable for some time, the other little known - by a distinguished Canadian poet. The Boatman, first published in 1957, was one of the outstanding poetry collections of the 1950s and the winner of a Governor General's Award. It is an intricate sequence of short epigrammatic poems - in which there are echoes of ballads, carols, nursery rhymes, and hymns - that bear a whole cosmos of the poet's invention, constructed from Biblical and classical allusions. Welcoming Disaster was privately published in 1974 and will now reach the wider audience it deserves. Reviewing it in Poetry (January 1976), David Bromwich referred to Jay Macpherson's 'grandness' and 'verve', and wrote: 'She will put readers in mind of Graves and Wordsworth, of Auden and Dickinson and Stevie Smith, of every poet who ever wrote truly about innocence and its unlucky master, love.'

THE BOATMAN No Man's Nightingale I.: POOR CHILD Ordinary People in the Last Days Poor Child The Thread The Third Eye Cold Stone In Time of Pestilence She True North The Blighted Spring The Ill Wind II.: O EARTH RETURNS Eve in Reflection Sibylla Eurynome The Rymer Love in Egypt Sheba The Marriage of Earth and Heaven The Swan The Day-Labourer III.: THE PLOWMAN IN DARKNESS Take not that Spirit... Sibylla The Rymer Mary of Egypt The Ark Hail Wedded Love! Isis O Fenix Culpa The Plowman in Darkness While Philomel's unmeasured grief IV.: THE SLEEPERS The Garden of the Fall The Sleeping Shepherd The Lunatic Shepherd The Wounded Shepherd The Martyrs The Garden of the Sexes Aiaia The Unicorn-Tree The Old Enchanter The Land of Nod The Faithful Shepherd The Secret Sleeper The Caverned Woman Helen Psyche The Innocents The Natural Mother The Nurse V.: THE BOATMAN The Boatman 1.: THE ARK Ark to Noah Ark Articulate Ark Anatomical Ark Artefact Ark Apprehensive Ark Astonished Ark Overwhelmed Ark Parting 2.: THE ISLAND The Creature Essential The Island The Inward Angel Inland Leviathan The Anagogic Man VI.: THE FISHERMAN Go take the world... Storm Sun and Moon Whale Coral Mermaid Lung-fish Egg Mandrake Phoenix Abominable Snowman Book Retina Reader The Fisherman OTHER POEMS A Winter Like Adamant The Beauty of Job's Daughters Of Creatures the Net A Garden Shut PRETTY OPHELIA! The Woods No More A World of Glass Girl With Buck Teeth Very Sad Song The Gardeners A Mermaid's Grave Tobit Casting The Traveller The Death-Angel The Love-Song of Jenny Lear Love Song II of Jenny Lear WELCOMING DISASTER I.: INVOCATIONS Poets & Muses Lost Books & Dead Letters Hampstead Ponds The Oracle Declines 'Still Waiting for the Spark from Heaven' House Lights Movie-Going Conjuring the Dead Absence, Havoc Substitutions II.: THE WAY DOWN A Joint Epistle First & Last Things Some Ghosts & Some Ghouls Lady Haunts Ghosts Words Failing Transaction Justice Masters and Servants A Lost Soul Complicities Favourite Story Palladia and Others Hecate Trivia Scamander After the Explosion III.: THE DARK SIDE Karloff Poem In That Cellar The Well Orion They Return IV.: RECOGNITIONS Discovery Surrogate Messenger Gathering In Transformation V.: SHADOWS FLEE Umbrella Poem What Falada Said Visiting Set-Ups Playing EPILOGUE Old Age of the Teddy-Bear The End Notes and Acknowledgements

ISBN: 9780195403794
ISBN-10: 0195403797
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 5th September 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Canada
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 0.61
Weight (kg): 0.14

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