Quiet Music of Words: Conversations with Richard Caddel

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West House Books, 2002 - Poetry - 40 pages
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Cultural Studies. This lengthy interview with Richard Caddel was republished by West House to coincide with their publication of his selected poetry of the last thirty years, MAGPIE WORDS. He speaks at some length about Basil Bunting and the post-war regional poetry scene in the north of Britain, but also about more current and international issues: "To me, the "open" part of open-field poetry is again an invitation to the reader, you out there in the dinghy, to participate - without that it's a sterile pulpit-craft which I want none of. Olson's magnificent sprawl is one way of doing it, but there are others - Harwood's fragmentary structures and textual gaps, for instance, Raworth's non-stop dovetailing of materials and so on.

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Ric Caddel (1949-2003) was a poet, librarian and, with his wife Ann, the publisher of Pig Press. He published numerous books including his selected MAGPIE WORDS. At Durham University he headed the Basil Bunting Poetry Center. Pig Press brought out books by August Kleinzahler, Robert Creeley and Lorine Niedecker among many others.

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