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Collected Poems 1976-2016 Peter Robinson

Collected Poems 1976-2016 By Peter Robinson

Collected Poems 1976-2016 by Peter Robinson


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This volume gathers carefully chosen texts from Peter Robinson's nine books of poetry, to which is added a newly completed tenth collection. They include early experiments in northern social realism, dialogues with Italian poetry, and encounters with Japan, all in relation to the vicissitudes of his home country, and a much-revisited Liverpool.

Collected Poems 1976-2016 Summary

Collected Poems 1976-2016 by Peter Robinson

Collected Poems 1976-2016 gathers carefully chosen and reviewed texts from Peter Robinson's nine books of poetry, to which is added a newly completed tenth collection. They include his early experiments in northern social realism, and domestic interiors coloured by the experience of sexual violence, explored in the seven lyrics that form part two of This Other Life. Here are his dialogues with Italian poetry and culture, and unforeseen encounters with Japan, all in relation to the historical vicissitudes of his home country, and the landscapes in a much-revisited Liverpool. For the Small Mercies, published here for the first time, completes a triptych of books written since Robinson's return after nearly two decades of working in Kyoto and Sendai, a return that, coinciding with the global financial crisis and onset of austerity culture, provided occasions for further reflections on the economic motifs of his earliest poems. Peter Robinson was called 'the finest poet of his generation' with the publication of Overdrawn Account (1980), and This Other Life (1988) was awarded the Cheltenham Prize.He has also been the recipient of the John Florio Prize in 2008, and two Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Described by Adam Piette as 'the finest poet alive' on the basis of his 'astonishingly finely-tuned gauge for recording the pressures and processes that generate lived occasions', his work was characterized by Roy Fisher as like 'a listening device, alert for the moments when the tectonic plates of mental experience slide quietly one beneath another to create paradoxes and complexities that call for poems to be made.' Here, for the first time together, are a majority of those poems.

About Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1953, and grew up mainly in Liverpool. He co-edited the magazines Perfect Bound and Numbers while helping organize various Cambridge Poetry Festivals (1977-1985) and a Poetry International at the South Bank Centre (1988). His many volumes of poetry include a Selected Poems (2003), The Look of Goodbye (2008) and Like the Living End (2013). Buried Music, his most recent full collection, was published in 2015. He was awarded the Cheltenham Prize for This Other Life (1988), while both The Great Friend and Other Translated Poems (2002) and The Returning Sky (2012) were recommendations of the Poetry Book Society, and The Greener Meadow: Selected Poems of Luciano Erba (2007) received the John Florio Prize for translation from the Italian in 2008. Other publications include a collection of aphorisms, Spirits of the Stair (2009), four volumes of literary criticism, the most recent being Poetry & Translation: The Art of the Impossible (2010), a collection of short fiction, Foreigners, Drunks and Babies: Eleven Stories (2013), various edited collections, anthologies, The Complete Poems, Translations & Selected Prose of Bernard Spencer (2011) and The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (2013). The literary editor for Two Rivers Press, he is Head of Department and Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Reading.

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NLS9781848615243
9781848615243
1848615248
Collected Poems 1976-2016 by Peter Robinson
New
Paperback
Shearsman Books
2017-02-17
518
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