Work in Regress

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Bloodaxe Books, 1997 - 61 páginas
After inventing his own demise in Last Poems, Peter Reading unwinds with thoughts of death, dying, gluttony and community care. Work in Regress, Reading's first new collection since his two-volume Collected Poems, shows the controversial 'Laureate of Grot' in true, contrary style, turning against the idea of poetry being worth anything in the modern world at the same time as he creates angry, heartbreaking, grimly ironic poetry out of blackness and despair. Work in Regress was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 1997.Alan Brownjohn said of Last Poems: 'On the evidence of this collection, nothing Reading is likely to do with this or any other project in his later years will prove mellow, or comforting, or boring' (Sunday Times). Prophetic words. Yet in the end, despite Reading's denials, could the fact of these new poems - written against the grain, against the odds - offer some hope against hopelessness?

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WORK IN REGRESS

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Just a few years ago, Reading's Collected Poems appeared in two massive volumes, spanning 25 years of writing, and demonstrating his remarkable range of styles and his unrelenting vision of an England ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

Three
11
Fireworks
17
Shropshire Lads
18
The farewell
19
Mimnermian
20
Seed
21
Shakespearean
22
Nomenclature
23
En Attendant
40
Theognian
41
Nips
42
Untitled
43
From the Chinese
44
Catullan
45
Clear Beggars from Streets says Blair
46
From the Chinese
47

Ovidian
24
Horatian
27
Integration
28
Nips
29
Prince Urges the West to Learn from Islam
30
Propertian
31
G MacB
32
From the Chinese
33
Gula
34
G
36
Callimachan
37
Raphus cucullatus
38
Salopian
48
Obit
49
Untitled
50
Tristia
51
Theocritan
52
Untitled
54
55
55
Luger
56
Untitled
57
Propertian
58
Distich
61
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Acerca del autor (1997)

Peter Reading (1946-2011) was born in Liverpool. After studying painting at Liverpool College of Art, he worked as a schoolteacher in Liverpool (1967-68) and at Liverpool College of Art, where he taught Art History (1968-70). He then worked for 22 years as a weighbridge operator at an animal feedmill in Shropshire, a job which left him free to think, until he was sacked for refusing to wear a uniform introduced by new owners of the business. His only break was a two-year residency at Sunderland Polytechnic (1981-83). After leaving Liverpool, he lived for 40 years in various parts of Shropshire, in recent years in Ludlow. The benevolence of America's Lannan Foundation rescued him from poverty. He was the first writer to hold the one-year Lannan writing residency in Marfa, Texas (in 1999), and is the only British poet to have won the Lannan Award for Poetry twice, in 1990 and 2004, as well as the only poet to read an entire life's work for the Lannan Foundation's DVD archive - his filmed readings for Lannan (made in 2001 and 2010) of 26 poetry collections make up the only archive of its kind. His other honours included the Cholmondeley Award, the Dylan Thomas Award for Diplopic (1983), and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry for Stet (1986). Work in Regress was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 1997. All his poetry is published by Bloodaxe Books, along with Isabel Martin's critical study Reading Peter Reading (2000). His first collection was Water and Waste (1970), published when he was 24, and his last, 26th collection, was Vendange Tardive, published forty years later in 2010. Each of his collections is self-contained, as carefully constructed and plotted as a novel, interweaving voices and narrative strands which can be seen to link the 24 books which make up his Collected Poems, published in three volumes: 1: Poems 1970-1984 (1995), 2: Poems 1985-1996 (1996) and 3: Poems 1997-2003 (2003). His later collections from Bloodaxe are -273-15 (2005) and Vendange Tardive (2010).

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