Publication Date: 04-Jul-02 | ISBN: 1876857463 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 152pp | Format: Paperback
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Michael Hulse, born 1955, is one of the most distinguished poets of his generation, and an acclaimed translator and editor. This selection of a quarter century’s work draws on all his books and pamphlets to date and includes sixteen new and uncollected poems.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
I Empires; Calcutta Red; Simla; Raffles Hotel; Village Performance; A Chinese Tale; Helicopter; Brunei; Evening at Imogiri; Mother of Battles; Homo Sum; That Christmas; Heathrow; Nine Points of the Nation; Dole Queue; The Bell-ringer; Fornicating and Reading the Papers; Burslem; After Rain; Europe; II Burnings; Twentieth Burning in the Bishopric of Wurzburg; A Family Portrait circa 1900; The Prisoner; Phrenology, 1914; White; Refugees; On Location; One Damn Thing after another; Festival of Youth; To Botho Strauss in Berlin; Roadworkers Picking Cherries; Loreley; To Gottlob Fabian; III Holy Lands; The Winter Ward; The Country of Pain and Revelation; Knowing; Five Poems after Winslow Homer; Rotterdam, 07.50, December 22nd; At Avila; Welcome to the Delectable Mountains; Horns; At Aigues-Mortes; The Pointlessness of Poetry; IV Loves; The Architecture of Air; The Kid; Eating Strawberries in the Necropolis; Windowless Monads; Tangle; Adultery; An Aluminium Casket Would Be a Good Idea; The Evidence of Things not Seen; Concentrating; Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose; Young Mother; La Gazzetta; Silver Wedding; An American Murder; V Lights; A Sonnet; The Yuppie in Love; To His Coy Mistress; The Sigh; There’s Something About a Cow; Stopping by Woods Without a Map; The Essential Auden; A Treatise on the Astrolabe; The Thunder and Lightning Poker; The Death of Dracula; The Critics Are Too Much With Us
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“Michael Hulse is an award-winning poet. In ‘Empires and Holy Lands’, his German literary interests lead his to consider the disjuncture between European high culture and the barbarism of the Shoah. “On Location” has the Shoah continuing to resonate in a post-modern present through movies… There are witty poems here – Michelangelo’s statue of Moses seen as “a patriarchal bully-boy./ Mister universal Law”… Clearly there is room for the demonic in this sophisticated, highly enjoyable collection. ” —Jewish Chronicle - The Weekly Review
Michael Hulse was born in 1955 and grew up in Stoke-on-Trent. He read German at the University of St. Andrews and has taught English and post-colonial literature at universities in Germany and Switzerland. His poetry has earned him numerous awards and taken him on reading tours worldwide, and his work as translator (Goethe, Wassermann, Sebald) has brought him accolades from Susan Sontag, A.S. Byatt and many more. He runs the poetry press, Leviathan, and edits Leviathan Quarterly.