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Silkin, Jon

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ISBN 10: 0710208413 / ISBN 13: 9780710208415
Published by London Routledge & Kegan Paul (1986)., 1986
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Inscribed by the poet. Near fine copy. 1st edition. Binding is wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 007330

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Publisher: London Routledge & Kegan Paul (1986).

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: F.

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In this, Silkin's ninth book of poems, we see the energies of narrative and image combining to produce a poetry of complexity, yet with a greater ease and directness than in some of his previous books.

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In this English poet's ninth collection, we find poems ranging from reminiscences of boyhood and early manhood to a long visionary poem about the tragic history of the Jewish people. The poet's great strengths are descriptive metaphor and a rich, sinewy diction; he strives to "load every rift with ore." His chief weakness is that the poems can be so loaded with fine phrases as to become opaque and uncommunicative. Nevertheless, his tragic vision and the strength he finds in it are quite compelling. Something of his ferocity may be seen in these lines, spoken by Herod about Salome: "I/ Come on spidery male/ legs, a little haired spasm pure/ as a egg, to take my ounce/ of delirium/ with hers . . ./ In excruciating heat I run pure/ of God's foundry, and cool in a falling/ eyeless shape. To me/ she's good." In Silkin's work, dark shadows and sharp thorns guard a genuine blossom. Frank J. Lepkowski, Oakland Univ. Libs., Rochester, Mich .
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