Master of the Leaping Figures

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Enitharmon Press, 1987 - Poetry - 77 pages
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This collection draws on what Donald Davie has discerned as Jeremy Hooker’s presiding territory: 'the emotion that we have when we recognise some particular terrain as "home”.’ Davie suggests that 'it is hard to think of a better, a more humane or more timely end for poetry to aim at’. Written during his time as Creative Writing Fellow at Winchester School of Art, the collection takes the ancient capital of England, with its jumbled historical multiplicity, as a setting for a sequence which moves through self-discovery and the pain of broken marriage to a fulfilled delight at the processes of art - the anonymous painter of the title - and religious faith. Master of the Leaping Figures is a unified whole, a major work which justifies Dick Davis’s description of Jeremy Hooker as 'one of the best of our poets’.

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About the author (1987)

Jeremy Hooker was born in 1941 and is a poet, critic, teacher and broadcaster. His ten collections of poetry are represented by a substantial selection: The Cut of the Light: Poems 1965-2005 (Enitharmon, 2006). His other books include Writers in a Landscape, Imagining Wales: A View of Modern Welsh Writing in English, studies of David Jones and John Cowper Powys, Welsh Journal and Upstate: A North American Journal. He has edited writings by Alun Lewis, Frances Bellerby, Richard Jefferies, Wilfred Owen, and Edward Thomas. His features for BBC Radio 3 include A Map of David Jones and the poem for voices, Landscape of Childhood. Jeremy Hooker has taught in universities, in Wales, England, The Netherlands and the USA. He retired, as Professor of English, at the University of Glamorgan, in 2008.

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