Götterdämmerung Café

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2001 - Poetry - 73 pages
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From the start, Andrew Taylor's poetry has been involved in both the domestic and the wider world of travel - physical, emotional and spiritual. The poems in this new collection, whether set in an Australian garden, or on the beach, or in Europe or North America, continue that exploration. They journey from a playful inventory of small personal accessories to probings of the nature of God, the atrocity of war, and the degradation of the natural world. Yet as the title poem with its Wagnerian overtones suggests, there is no real dividing line between the biggest dramas and the personal.This is Taylor's tenth book of poetry, continuing his reputation as one of Australia's most independent and accomplished poets.
 

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Contents

Parti
3
Perth
16
Thought Lines
30
After the Heat the Lake
43
American Figures
44
Underpants
50
Earrings
56
The Accident
62
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About the author (2001)

Andrew Taylor is a determined linguist of questionable skill, who speaks enough French to make the French sneer at him, enough Arabic to make Arabs laugh at him, and enough Spanish to order a cup of coffee and have a hope of getting, if not necessarily what he asked for, at least a hot drink of some kind. He can ask for milk in Russian, and if he asks for directions in the street, he will understand the answer if it means 'straight on'. He is better at English, in which language he has written ten books, including biographies and books on language, history and poetry. He has also been a senior journalist in Europe and the Middle East, a Fleet Street political correspondent at Westminster, a news reporter for the BBC and a columnist for The Sunday Times.

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