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Matthias, John

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ISBN 10: 080400689X / ISBN 13: 9780804006897
Published by Chicago Swalow Press (1976)., 1976
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Title: TURNS

Publisher: Chicago Swalow Press (1976).

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: F.

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"Turns" is the American poet John Matthias' second collection of poems ("Bucyrus" appeared in America in 1971), and his first to be published in England. Many of the poems in "Turns" were first printed in English magazines, and his work has strong English associations and roots. The first part explores personal and political themes in the context of American cultural crisis: it deals with loss, actual and anticipated. The second section introduces by way of a series of variations, translations and portraits, questions of aesthetics, poetics and metaphysics which recur throughout this and the last section. If the second is the most austere, the third section is the most extravagant: its forms and idioms combine experimental innovation with translation and transmutation, using a wide range of sources as documentary material. From the ironies of the title poem, John Matthias moves toward affirmation and the paradoxical sense of rootedness in a land not his own in the Epilogue, one of three overlapping epistolary poems which explore his American background in the light of his life in England.

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