Imagining Winter

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Aug 21, 2008 - Poetry - 120 pages
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Harsh. Cutting. Uncomfortably touching. This poetry collection delves into the darkness of the modern world. Dawsons work has tremendous scope and agility. In the title poem, in a single breath he ranges from the Renaissance to postmodern sunsets in trying to imagine a metaphor for winter: Shall I compare thee to a summers day? Stars squint and yawn, unfolding, the moon bleeds dry Why try to describe it? Whether addressing issues such as racism, homophobia and terrorism, or turning a wickedly scathing eye on the failings of writers and other misfits, Paul Dawsons poems are angry and unforgettable. He explores the bleakness of city landscapes, seeks meaning in the heat of eroticism, and lays bare the things people will not admit to thinking, even to themselves.
 

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Contents

IMAGINING WINTER
3
YABBERING SEXTONS
4
ANTHROPOMORPHISM
11
DAYBREAK
12
NEWBORN REDUX
15
THIS POEM
17
Assertions
21
SYDNEY PARK THE OLD BRICKWORKS
23
IMAGINING TERROR
61
Preoccupations
65
THE FATHER THE LAW
67
THE EVERLASTING
70
TERRACE HOUSE AND BEACH
72
MORNINGSIDE
74
MANGOES AND JACARANDA
76
SHOW ME THE RAIN
77

THANKS FOR THE POEMS PAULINE HANSON
27
SYDNEY
33
SWANSTON SONG
35
ADRIFT after Rimbaud
40
Lunatic Brothel
45
GUTTER Buns after Rossetti
52
TONIGHT
79
A WEDDING KISS
98
Recent IP Poetry
101
Back Cover Material
102
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