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Anvil Press Poetry, 2001 - Poetry - 127 pages
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Collects the author's poetry written since the early 1980s and the publication of Poems (1983). This book offers lyricism, narratives, political protest, poems about people, poems of place, an anonymous Middle English poem 'Quia Amore Langueo'.

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Contents

Poems
9
Starting from what is possible we arrive
11
Poems for Photographs
13
in evening
17
You
18
rockveined thunder a revealed
19
Truth
20
My Imperfect Host
21
xvn Tennyson Poem
34
West Harling
35
Good night youd wonder who or why
36
afternoon sunshine a fine rain of hair
37
good Friday cars drew up and stared
38
stand in the warm and draughty flat
39
New Cross Baths in the Fifties
40
Father and Son
41

For Paul Nicholson
23
For John Stavers
24
For John Minton 1957
25
For Elizabeth Smart 1986
27
light through branches engenders
29
My Spanish Friend
30
Cross
31
Grow Old and Somewhat Religious
32
the wonder of landscape is to the wonder of people
33
For Joe Aged 10
45
xxvn am kneeling by the fire like Yeatss old woman
46
xxvm From the Spanish
47
There is only there are only target
48
Twenty miles at 75 mph
49
Laxfield
50
For Albert Camus
51
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About the author (2001)

Oliver Bernard was born on December 22, 1925. He left school at the age of 15. In 1942, he joined the Communist party and went to work for the party's Central Books in London as a packer and distributor. During World War II, he joined the Air Training Corps and was sent for further training in Canada, but never served because the war ended. In the 1950s, he received a degree in teaching from Goldsmith's College and taught conversational English in Paris and in Corsica. Later, he went to work at Notley's Advertising, where he won a prize for his advertisement for a "self-tapping screw". His first book of poems, Country Matters, was published in 1961. He went on to publish several more books of poetry and translations of Rimbaud, Apollinaire and other French writers. His other works include Rimbaud's Collected Poems and the memoir Getting Over It. He spent several weeks in prison in 1985 for being involved in the Snowball campaign to cut the wire perimeter fences at airbases, in protest at the government's attitude to nuclear weapons. He died on June 1, 2013 at the age of 87.

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