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While Breath Persist


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Oktober 1991

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

These poems reflect a classical education, rich experience, and love of words. Eclectic style and subject, they include epigrams, long poems, narratives, prayers and "constructivism," the reweaving of a text. For the last example, Turnbull transmutes thoughts and images from Bunyan's autobiography. Other more personal poems, like "Twenty Words, Twenty Days," express his experiences as a doctor, father and husband in a style similar to T.S. Eliot's. He also has connections to Canada throughout his medical career, and recalls in several poems his time in Iroquois Falls. A dry wit emerges in "Now That April's Here" and "On the Somme," an antiwar reflection, but a clear love and respect for the common person ever informs his work. For his imagery, Turnbull often pays homage to the skills of other artisans, such as Sode and Turner. "The sun has disappeared leaving part of itself adherent to / several fragments of vapour. ... The blue / has taken the strain by splitting into radial fissures of / indigo. Tack it together somehow with rivets of / carmine." Here are the haze and flames of the Fighting Temeraire captured in words. Then comes the drumming alliteration of Skelton, or even "Beowulf": "Brewer of beakers, / bitter's your liquor! / Froth is a ferment for / fools." The poet retreats from thsi boisterous energy into the quiet prayers of "For Us: An Invocation and a Processional," a personal religious experience. This collection will amuse and delight and instruct.'

Inhaltsverzeichnis

A Cairn 7 Thanks 9 Inscription for a Mirror 10 Lines for a Cynic 11 An Irish Monk on Lindisfarne About 650 AD 12 A Lamb 15 Seven Snapshots, Northern Ontario 16 Homage to Jean Follain 18 Black Spruce, Northern Ontario 19 A Hill 20 Now That April's Here 22 A Kite 23 Riel 24 Make Some 25 George Fox, from His Journals 26 Thoughts on the One-Hundred-and-Eighty-third Birthday of J.M.W. Turner 28 Twenty Words, Twenty Days 29 A Blindfold 52 Thighs Gripping 53 They Have Taken 54 Five/Four Time 55 Six Country Pieces 56 Daft About 58 At Witley Court 59 Witley Court Revisited 60 A Meagre Song 62 Residues: Down the Sluice of Time 63 Residues: Thronging the Heart 84 Knarsdale 88 Babylon 89 Scarcely I Speak 90 Remake 97 A Racing Walker 98 Buzzard 99 A Clown 100 The Woodlouse 101 There Are Words 102 The Almost Lost Poem 104 A Voltige Act 105 On the Somme 106 Langholm: MacDiarmid's Grave 107 Nowhere 108 Mornese 109 By the Tweed 110 Takings 111 And I Think It Yours 112 The Unwavering Sun 113 As the Wind 114 How Much Hurt 115 As from a Kiln 116 These Rings 117 It Is Not 118 Your Hands, Their Touch 119 A Winter Wedding 120 A Wind from the North 121 Into the Chasm 122 Hour of the Wolf 123Constructivist PoemsTo Tell Us 127 Though We Must Have Coals (1815) 128 John Bunyan: of Grace 130 From the Director's Book of Josiah Spode 132SpacesSpaces 137 Homage to Cid Corman 137 Yes (1) 138 Yes (2) 138 Homage to Edwin Morgan 139 New Year 139 The Ever Presence 140 A Wedding Ring 140 Edinburgh 141 For Shari 141 Beneath 142 A Last Poem 142 For Us: An Invocation and a Processional 144A Note on the Text 147 Some Afterwords 149Notes on the Poems 153Acknowledgements 158

Portrait

Gael Turnbull was born in Scotland in 1928 and raised and educated in Winnipeg, Cambridge and Philadelphia. He received a BA from Cambridge (England) in 1948 and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. He worked as a general practitioner and anaesthetist in Canada, the USA and England until 1989. He was an important precursor of the British Poetry Revival. In the early 1990s, Turnbull returned to Edinburgh. He lived there until his death in 2004.

Pressestimmen

'These poems reflect a classical education, rich experience, and love of words. Eclectic style and subject, they include epigrams, long poems, narratives, prayers and "constructivism", the reweaving of a text. For the last example, Turnbull transmutes thoughts and images from Bunyan's autobiography. Other more personal poems, like "Twenty Words, Twenty Days", express his experiences as a doctor, father and husband in a style similar to T.S. Eliot's. He also has connections to Canada throughout his medical career, and recalls in several poems his time in Iroquois Falls. A dry wit emerges in "Now That April"s Here" and "On the Somme", an antiwar reflection, but a clear love and respect for the common person ever informs his work.'For his imagery, Turnbull often pays homage to the skills of other artisans, such as Sode and Turner. "The sun has disappeared leaving part of itself adherent to / several fragments of vapour. ... The blue / has taken the strain by splitting into radial fissures of / indigo. Tack it together somehow with rivets of / carmine." Here are the haze and flames of the Fighting Temeraire captured in words. Then comes the drumming alliteration of Skelton, or even Beowulf: "Brewer of beakers,/ bitter's your liquor! / Froth is a ferment for / fools." The poet retreats from this boisterous energy into the quiet prayers of "For Us: An Invocation and a Processional", a personal religious experience. This collection will amuse and delight and instruct.' -- Louise E. Allin Canadian Book Review Annual
EAN: 9780889841338
ISBN: 0889841330
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: PORCUPINES QUILL
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1991
Seitenanzahl: 154 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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