Northern Summer: New & Selected Poems, 1963-1983 John Matthias

ISBN: 9780804008532

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Northern Summer: New & Selected Poems, 1963-1983  by  John Matthias

Northern Summer: New & Selected Poems, 1963-1983 by John Matthias
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Northern Summer is a representative selection from John Matthias’s previous books, together with a group of poems written since 1980. Robert Duncan wrote of his first book, Bucyrus, that in part “Matthias is a Goliard – one of those wandering soulsMoreNorthern Summeris a representative selection from John Matthias’s previous books, together with a group of poems written since 1980.

Robert Duncan wrote of his first book, Bucyrus, that in part “Matthias is a Goliard – one of those wandering souls out of a dark age in our own time.” The present selection includes the three epistolary poems from Turns – hailed as “major art” by Arthur Oberg in Western Humanities Review – as well as the long “Poem for Cynouai” from Crossing, which extends and modifies their idiom.

The book reprints entire “The Stepfan Batory Poems”, written on a Polish liner while Matthias traveled to America after a year in England during the last stages of the Watergate controversy, along with three sections of “The Mihail Lermontov Poems,” written two years later while returning on a Russian ship to England. The comic vision of these poems has been widely acknowledged since the publication of Crossing, a book the TLS found “bursting with masterful intelligence” and Thames Poetry called “packed with poetic thought, devilment, and complexities of spirit.”The new work inNorthern Summerculminates in the title poem, a personal and historical meditation set in Scotland.

In it a new landscape and history – that of Fife and “The Matter of Scotland” – join the East Anglian and Midwestern American concerns of his earlier work. It is a poem that bears out Neil Corcoran’s observation in PN Review that Matthias is a poet “whose exceptionally original work has something of David Jones’s magpie eclecticism and much of his sustaining interest in specific re-imagined historical occasions.”



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