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Forked Tongue

Herbert, W.N.

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ISBN 10: 1852242671 / ISBN 13: 9781852242671
Published by Dufour Editions, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1995
Used Condition: Near Fine (Book Condition) Soft cover
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Title: Forked Tongue

Publisher: Dufour Editions, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine (Book Condition)

Book Type: Book

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Forked Tongue is a book balanced between opposites. At its heart are two groups of poems: The Cortina Sonata in English, and The Landfish in Scots. Both engage with the problem of re-creating a suppressed culture: Can a myth be ersatz? What is an inauthentic word? How complex is "Scottishness" permitted to be? Buttressed with recent poetry in both tongues, Forked Tongue mixes old and new, both startling English and untypical Scots. Like the gairfish or dolphins which speed through the Scots work, Forked Tongue is both fish and mammal. In its geographic sweep and linguistic range, Forked Tongue offers a new definition of what we call "British" poetry.

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Text: English

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