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    DescriptionA "Boston Globe" Best Poetry Book of 2011The poems of Glyn Maxwell possess a slow, quiet fire. They refrain from grand gestures, from loud proclamations of emotion. Instead, Maxwell unveils these emotions gently, quietly, intricately--like little postcards in a waxed envelope. Each of his poems is Blake's "world in a grain of sand." Maxwell's works reveal very little about their subjects; there are, rather, merely the faintest, well-chosen hints of quotidian life: a man kills a wasp; a man falls in and out of love; a man escapes from an unnamed pursuer. But from these suggestive fragments, it is possible to extrapolate an entire world. The casual virtuosity that first brought Maxwell great renown is on show throughout the poems collected in "One Thousand Nights and Counting." Lyrical or narrative, comic or contemplative, these are profound, resonant explorations of love and fatherhood, of triumph and longing. They will not soon be forgotten.


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    Title
    One Thousand Nights and Counting
    Subtitle
    Selected Poems
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Glyn Maxwell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 239
    Width: 131 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780374533496
    ISBN 10: 0374533490
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC21: 821.914
    BISAC V2.8: POE005020
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    DC22: 821.914
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T General Subject: 640
    DC22: 821/.914
    B&T Approval Code: A25205200
    LC classification: PR6063.A869 O54 2011
    Publisher
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Imprint name
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication date
    04 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Glyn Maxwell was born in 1962 in Welwyn Garden City, England. He is the author of several collections of poems, including "Out of the Rain" (1992), for which he received a Somerset Maugham Award; "Rest for the Wicked" (1995), which was short-listed for both the Whitbread Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize; and "The Breakage" (1998), which was short-listed for both the T.S. Eliot and the Forward Poetry (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) prizes. Maxwell lives in London.
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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