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One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems

One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems

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By (author) Glyn Maxwell

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 31mm | 441g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330534408
  • ISBN 13: 9780330534406
  • Sales rank: 829,849

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This book selects from twenty years of Glyn Maxwell's poetry, and provides a concise introduction to one of the most imaginatively gifted poets of the age. Maxwell's is perhaps the most immediately recognizable voice in British poetry: wry, wise, compellingly rhythmic, and everywhere carrying a sense of the dramatic line no other British poet has won for their verse since W. H. Auden. While wholly contemporary in their social and political concerns, these poems are haunted by forgotten histories, traditional fairytale and myth, parallel worlds which mirror or merge with our own. As Joseph Brodsky noted early in his career, the beating heart of this imaginative risk is the syntax itself: in Maxwell's hands the poetic sentence becomes a fluid, new and protean thing, a means by which the very structure of time, voice and location may be questioned and made strange. Maxwell is a poet essential to understanding our own unstable times, and few other contemporary writers give us such pause before the world we thought we knew. 'Glyn Maxwell covers a greater distance in a single line than most people do in a poem' - Joseph Brodsky.

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An established and critically-acclaimed poet and playwright, Glyn Maxwell has won the Somerset Maugham Prize and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and had three collections selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He has also been shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot prizes, and in 2004 received the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for The Nerve.

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Praise for "Hide Now" "This is bravura stuff, the caesuras and enjambments skillfully arranged . . . Maxwell fully deserves to be called into the company of Auden and Frost." --Adam Newey, "The Guardian"Praise for "One Thousand Nights and Counting" "[Maxwell's] often surreal and opaque poems range across moods and subjects. The best moments occur when readers can lose themselves in the very long poems, in particular the inventive re-imagining of the story of Noah's Ark, 'Out of the Rain, ' and the elegiac 'Letters to Edward Thomas, ' in which the speaker waits for a friend who never arrives . . . Maxwell's poetry can be playful and inventive, beautiful and melancholic . . . Maxwell is one of the stars of poetry across the pond and a rising presence here; this book should win him new fans." --"Publisher's Weekly""Maxwell, a young and prolific Englishman, has authored nine volumes of poetry, nine plays (a tenth is in production), a libretto, a travelogue, and two works of fiction. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, and he has been short-listed twice for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Americans will situate his poems at the confluence of two great streams: the formally inventive, dandyish Auden and the rusticated narratives of Frost. Maxwell is a sort of surrealist Aesop. The poems are written in a straightforward vocabulary but are never simple, like fairy tales. Biblical figures appear. The long sequence 'Out of the Rain' seems to recapitulate the Flood . . . 'Letters to Edward Thomas, ' 'Tale of the Mayor's Son, ' 'Stargazing, ' 'Watching Over, ' selections from 'Time's Fool, ' 'Cassandra'--all excellent. Take this, from 'For My Daughter' 'The day you get the gist / Of what this is becoming you'll have missed / The point you were.'" "--"Michael Autrey, "Booklist""The most noticeable thing throughout this book is how incredibly musical Maxwell's work is: these poems come alive when they are read aloud . . . Maxwell has learnt from the likes of Fros