Mark Ford: Selected Poems

Mark Ford: Selected Poems

By (author) Mark Ford


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"Selected Poems" charts Mark Ford's growing complexity as a writer and his mastery and use of form. John Ashbery calls Ford's work "refreshing" and it's that exuberance and goodwill that animates the poems, giving them their spontaneity and leavening the grim with comic elan and joy. Myth, history, and the everyday are all at play in this wonderfully diverse collection.Invisible Assets: "After he threw he through a plate glass window, nature seemed that much closer.Even the dastardly division in society might be healed by a first-rate glazier.Of course, on Sundays families still picnicked boldly on the village green, and afterwardsmarveled at the blacksmith's glowing forge-- how strong they all were in those days!And yet how small! Even a man only six foot tall was then esteemed a veritable giant.Surely the current furor over architecture would have evoked from them only pitying smiles.Meanwhile the market for landscapes has never been firmer. This view, for instance, includesseven counties, and a bull charging around in its paddock."Mark Ford was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1962. He has published three collections of poetry and a biography of the French writer Raymond Roussel and is the editor of Frank O'Hara's "Selected Poems." He has also translated Roussel's "New Impressions of Africa" and is the editor of "London: A History in Verse." He lives in London, England.

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  • Paperback | 149 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • 01 Apr 2014
  • Coffee House Press
  • English
  • 1566893496
  • 9781566893497
  • 843,048

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Mark Ford was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1962. He has published three collections of poetry and a biography of the French writer Raymond Roussel. He has also translated Roussel's "New Impressions of Africa," and is the editor of "London: A History in Verse." He lives in London.

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"Intelligent, restless originality."--"The Guardian" "If there is an unspoken limit on how many exclamation marks a poet should use during their career, British poet Ford has surpassed it with bursting, exuberant abandon. . . these selected poems are an exercise in play that energetically flaps against time. . . This collection should make Ford's name a familiar one to more American readers."--"Publishers Weekly" "Ford is at once a veteran of pop culture and a connoisseur of the desperation of high culture, an indoor reader of the past but also an outdoor breather of physically felt atmospheres. His generation of English poets is still in formation but I believe Ford to be one of its eventual definers, as Ashbery was crucial to postwar writing in the United States."--Helen Vendler "Ford's poetry is light and agile and sometimes sweet, but it also has a disconcerting way of turning sharp and naughty and even sinister."--John Ashbery "This is not a poetry of incident and handily derived precis but rather of choreographed tension and inspired utterance."--Albert Mobilio, "New York Times" "Readers who like some puzzles along with their pleasures, and who admire sophisticated thinking in verse, will find Ford one of the best young poets we have--one attuned in sad, clever, intricate ways to how we speak now, and what we suspect of ourselves."--Stephen Burt, "Times Literary Supplement" "[Ford's] dark episodes--slightly surreal, unnerving, and often farcical--unroll before us, as on a screen of rapidly changing images, while an enchanting voice-over, in a diction all its own, tells its painful, accurate and self-mocking tale."--"London Review of Books" "Through the years British poet Mark Ford has developed a singular and spirited body of work that has a winning combination of erudition and whimsy. He is a 21st French century fantast with deep roots in romanticism and modernity. How fortunate now to have this generou

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