News from the Front

News from the Front

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This is David Harsent's fifth volume of poems, and the first new collection since Mr Punch in 1984, and the success of his libretto for Harrison Birtwistle's opera, "Gawain". "News from the Front" is a sequence that explores a drama of separation, using the voices of several characters: a man is separated by war from his common-law wife, and while he is away she gives birth to his child, a boy. The man writes letters home and also keeps a journal, containing in part a bestiary, which he hopes one day to show his son. The woman lives on the edge of Dartmoor, and at times her fancies and inner life are so strong as to bring the man almost within reach. The boy falls in with this, and sees his absent father as a hero.show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 130 x 210 x 7mm | 130g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192831038
  • 9780192831033

About David Harsent

This is David Harsent's fifth volume of poems and the first new collection since Mr Punch in 1984. He has recently become well-known aas the author of the opera libretto for Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain. Other books by Harsent include A Violent Country, After Dark, Dreams of the Dead and Selected Poems.show more

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