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Author: Christopher Middleton
Publisher: Manchester : Carcanet, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Increasingly sought after by contrary poets on both sides of the Atlantic, Christopher Middleton's work develops fresh aspects in The Balcony Tree. There is a grief for time as history pulverizing the very structures of belief it articulates; there is a celebration of the lyrical cogito as a subversive agentcook, angel or clown - in the ceremonies of imagination."--BOOK JACKET. "Pointedly counterthematic as they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Middleton, Christopher, 1926-
Balcony tree.
Manchester : Carcanet, 1992
(OCoLC)643913739
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Middleton
ISBN: 0856359815 9780856359811
OCLC Number: 27081963
Description: 94 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: An Ideologist --
Ancient Lace --
Anguish --
An Angel --
Bird Watching --
Still Small Voice --
Devil Lyric --
Michele's Rooms --
A Revenant --
La Morena --
Cybele --
The China Virgins --
Dust with Whisky --
Night Wedding in Anamur --
Circle --
Ballad of Charlotte --
A Farewell in Old Mexico --
The Balcony Tree --
Walking the Puppy --
The First Move --
Vietnamese Harp --
Saloon with Birds --
Roma 1985 --
Another Almost --
Lampoon --
Empty Fifth --
Cool Places --
All It Was --
Tristia ex Provincia --
The Headland --
Stele in Istanbul --
Titian's Venere Giacente --
The Clothes Moth --
A Huapango for Junius Avitus --
The Matter of History --
Muzzafar and Muradid --
August 1939 --
Mongolian Breakfast --
A Moment in the Eighteenth Century --
The Image --
Shredded Novel --
From Earth Myriad Robed --
The Turkish Rooftops.
Responsibility: Christopher Middleton.

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"Increasingly sought after by contrary poets on both sides of the Atlantic, Christopher Middleton's work develops fresh aspects in The Balcony Tree. There is a grief for time as history pulverizing the very structures of belief it articulates; there is a celebration of the lyrical cogito as a subversive agentcook, angel or clown - in the ceremonies of imagination."--BOOK JACKET. "Pointedly counterthematic as they are, these poems turn upon varieties of feeling clarified otherwise than in more cryptic earlier work. The art consists in the modelling, fusion or collision of images born from feeling and eruptive when, for all it is worth, imagination splits waves of time into sensuous particles, and so may rightly mistake an instantaneous fiction for some still distant truth."--BOOK JACKET. "If 'self' as an instrument of feeling is 'put on the line', still it rules no roost. At most a voice abides, murmurous, observing the imperative long ago divined by Julie de Lespinasse: 'Glide, mortals, don't push it.'"--BOOK JACKET. "Equally apposite might be the words of Edward Lear about to leave Corfu: 'Goodbye, my last furniture is going: - I shall sit upon an eggcup and eat my breakfast with a pen.'"--BOOK JACKET.

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