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Coming in to land : selected poems 1975-2015

Author: Andrew Motion
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"From England's former Poet Laureate, a collection spanning his celebrated career, presented for the first time by an American publisher. Andrew Motion has said, "I want my writing to be as clear as water. I want readers to see all the way through its surfaces into the swamp." Though the territory of his exploration may be murky and mired--the front lines of war, political entanglements, romantic longing, and human  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Motion
ISBN: 9780062644077 0062644076 9780062644084 0062644084
OCLC Number: 967973621
Description: xi, 178 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Poems (1975-2008): Anne Frank Huis --
Serenade --
Close --
A blow to the head --
Judgement --
A glass of wine --
The fox provides for himself --
On the island --
Footsteps --
The balcony --
A Dutch interior --
Mythology --
Passion on --
The mower --
II. Laurels and donkeys (2009-2015): A moment of reflection --
Setting the scene --
Laurels and donkeys --
An equal voice --
The life of Harry Patch --
The death of Harry Patch --
Rhapsody --
In the stacks --
Beyond all calculation --
John Buxton --
Matinee idol --
Changi --
The station at Vitebsk --
Coming in to land --
The Korean memorial at Hiroshima --
Now then --
A pine cone --
After the war --
In Normandy --
The camp --
Demobbed --
The minister --
Losses --
Op. Billy --
The golden hour --
Vallon men --
Home front --
Peace talks --
The fence --
Poems (2009-2015) --
Five places for Kyeong-soo --
Whale music --
An Echidna for Chris Wallce Crabbe --
The discoveries of geography --
The conclusion of Joseph Turrill --
The death of Francesco Borromini --
A late portrait of Audrey Wills --
The realms of God --
The fish in Australia --
Swim --
Of all the birds --
The mill --
Laying the fire --
Through the Lych gate.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Andrew Motion.

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"From England's former Poet Laureate, a collection spanning his celebrated career, presented for the first time by an American publisher. Andrew Motion has said, "I want my writing to be as clear as water. I want readers to see all the way through its surfaces into the swamp." Though the territory of his exploration may be murky and mired--the front lines of war, political entanglements, romantic longing, and human suffering--Motion's conversational tone and lyrical style make for clear, bold poems that speak to contradictions at the heart of the human condition. Whether underground in an urban metro, in the poet's home, on the steps leading up to Anne Frank's annex, or tracing his father's footsteps in Normandy in 1944, Motion's richly imagined landscapes contain unspoken mysteries underneath the poet's candor. In the tradition of English pastoral poetry that includes Ted Hughes, John Clare, and William Wordsworth, these poems sweep through the aftermath of empire and plumb emotional depths, settling in a meditative, understated register. As an introduction to one of England's most lauded living poets, Coming in to Land offers a moving depiction of this writer's career as a chronicler of modernity's pitfalls and triumphs."--Dust jacket.

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