Ghosts: The Space of Joy ; Song & Dance

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Sheep Meadow Press, 2008 - Poetry - 210 pages
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“Fuller’s poetry can be seen to build a bridge of boats between light verse and solemn elegy with the best technique of anyone writing in Britain now.”—Peter Porter

“Elegant, surprising meditations on approaching death—the persistence of past people and things, and the liveliness of infants. I have much admired and enjoyed John Fuller’s collection of poems Ghosts. He contemplates age and death with a kind of glee and surprised intelligence that I find very sympathetic.” —A.S. Byatt

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Contents

Prescience
7
Air Raid
14
Snap Crackle Pop
21
The Emperor Felix
30
Compensations
37
Iguana Days
44
Waiting
50
The Solitary Life
69
Brahms in Thun
104
The Fifth Marquess 1
112
Thun 1947
125
Acknowledgements
131
Florio Drinking Song
139
Song of Absence
146
Rascasse 55
153
Acknowledgements 217

Coleridge in Stowey
87
The Rivals
98
Copyright

About the author (2008)

JOHN FULLER is an acclaimed British poet, novelist, editor and critic, who was recently presented with the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His sixteenth collection of poems, The Space of Joy (2006), was short-listed for the Costa Awards in 2007. Stones and Fires won the Forward Prize in 1996. His fiction includes Flying to Nowhere (1983), which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was short-listed for the Booker Prize.

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