Walking Out of the World: And Other Poems

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Anvil Press Poetry, 2004 - Poetry - 71 pages
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In Walking Out of the World', triolets, quatrains and villanelles are interspersed with finely modulated free verse, culminating in the striking sequence The Sentences of Death'. Mead's curiously fascinating poems, with their beguiling echoes of the modern masters and their obsessive focus on uncomfortable truths, are mordantly witty as they confront life and death with eyes wide open. Mead is a poet who, once read, is not forgotten.

Matthew Mead was born in Slapton, Buckinghamshire, in 1924. He served in the British army from 1942 to 1947, including three years in India, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Singapore. He has lived in Germany since 1962 and, with his wife Ruth, has translated many German poets, including Johannes Bobrowski, Heinz Winfried Sabais and Nelly Sachs. He was a Penguin Modern Poet in 1970. Walking Out of the World' is the fifth collection of his own poems.

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Contents

Invocation
9
Villanelle of the Final Whole
17
A Double Villanelle
23
A Badly Bloated Villanelle
29
The First Cold Mornings
36
Too Late for the Centenary
42
In the Bleachery
46
The Sentences of Death
59
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About the author (2004)

Matthew Mead was born in 1924. He served in the British army from 1942 to 1947, including three years in India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. He has lived in Germany since 1962 and with his German wife Ruth has translated many German poets. He featured in the Penguin Modern Poets series in 1970. He has published five collections of poetry.

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