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New & Collected Poems

Ruth Fainlight

Published by Bloodaxe Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 1852248858 / ISBN 13: 9781852248857
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Title: New & Collected Poems

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

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2011. First. Paperback. First Collected Poems by one of Britain's leading poets covering work written over 50 years. Num Pages: 544 pages. BIC Classification: DCF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 233 x 158 x 34. Weight in Grams: 1054. 544 pages. First Collected Poems by one of Britain's leading poets covering work written over 50 years. Cateogry: (G) General (US: Trade). BIC Classification: DCF. Dimension: 233 x 158 x 34. Weight: 1046. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781852248857

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Synopsis: Ruth Fainlight is one of Britain's most distinguished poets. Born in New York City, she has lived mostly in England since the age of 15, publishing her first collection, Cages, in 1966. Her poems 'give us truly new visions of usual and mysterious events' (A.S. Byatt). Each is a balancing act between thought and feeling, revealing otherness within the everyday, often measuring subtle shifts in relationships between women and men. Images of the moon, however interpreted - whether as stern and stony presence or protective maternal symbol - recur throughout her work. Peter Porter described one of her collections as having 'the steadiness and clarity of the moon itself'. This substantial New & Collected Poems covers work written over 50 years, drawing on over a dozen books as well as a whole new collection. It also includes her translations of Sophia de Mello Breyner, Jean Joubert, Sophocles, and several leading modern Latin American poets, including Cesar Vallejo, Blanca Varela, Elsa Cross and Victor Manuel Mendiola, and two of her opera libretti, The Dancer Hotoke and The Bride in Her Grave.

Review: 'Ruth Fainlight has always been a painterly poet, sensuous and observant, who has paid particular attention to myth as it shapes destiny or gives meaning - the reader is aware of images being thought and felt through, the mind winding itself into narratives, prompted now by pain, now loss, now keen pleasure.' --- George Szirtes, Times Literary Supplement

'If there is a suggestion of feminist defiance here, so much the better; at least Fainlight isn't strident. With so much talent and confidence, she doesn't need to be.' --- Derek Mahon, London Review of Books

'Her voice can be cutting as well as lyrical?Fainlight is terrific on the subject of ageing.' - --Helen Dunmore, Poetry Review

'If there is a suggestion of feminist defiance here, so much the better; at least Fainlight isn't strident. With so much talent and confidence, she doesn't need to be.' --- Derek Mahon, London Review of Books

'Her voice can be cutting as well as lyrical?Fainlight is terrific on the subject of ageing.' --- Helen Dunmore, Poetry Review

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