model of what poetry itself is – frontier work between death and life, old year and new, bread and body.
This is an essential collection for all interested in the full, alarming power of poetry. It is a first-class orientation to Watkins’s very large corpus of work, and it also, in the aphorisms at the end, directs us towards an authoritative vision of poetic ambition and poetic humility alike. ‘A poet need have only one enemy: his reputation.’ Watkins’s reputation may be overdue for rethinking, but that would be of no great moment in his eyes. He would only ask that we listen with him as well as to him.
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New Selected Poems
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