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Peter Reading

-273.15

Peter Reading

Publication Date : 27 Nov 2005

ISBN: 9781852246792

Pages: 65
Size :216 x 138mm
Rights: World

After mapping Britain’s national decline over thirty years through 25 books of poetry, Peter Reading reinvented himself as a writer in his 21st-century work. The bitter social critic became poetry’s Millennial prophet of doom, directing his venom and sorrow at the destruction of the world’s wildlife and environment.

-273.15 [absolute zero] was his first new collection since his three-volume Collected Poems. The book is a lament, a tirade, a disaster warning, and an anthropologist’s catalogue of our final expedition addressed to an earlier survivor of global catastrophe, Noah of the Flood. He published his final collection, Vendange Tardive, in 2010.

'Anger is a country Peter Reading has been colonising for years…the anger is expressed with classical clarity… Rage against the state of the nation, but also rage against the darkness of death, exile and inability to show love’ – Helen Dunmore, Observer

'Despair, both environmental and political, is never absent; but this is an appreciative, defiantly humane volume' – Robert Potts, Guardian

'Deliberately squalid, violent and apocalyptic contemporary contents are yoked to forms that for the best part of three millennia have been used for the beautiful and the heroic' – Michael Hofmann, The Times

'Peter Reading’s most characteristic work, always economical, is now concise to the point of terseness… leaving sparser textures and a sometimes painfully direct expression of personal sadness, anger and despair. Can we find a parallel here with other modern artists – Rothko, Shostakovich, Beckett – who found themselves, in extremis and in their later works, continuing to create less and less, moving inexorably towards the point where they would be left with nothing, the point (presumably) of artistic extinction?’ – Alan Jenkins

 

Peter Reading reading his work

Peter Reading reads extracts from two book-length sequences, Going On and Evagatory from his Collected Poems: 2 [1985-1996] (Bloodaxe Books, 1996). This film is from the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce, edited by Neil Astley.


 

  

BOOKS BY Peter Reading

Collected Poems 1

Peter Reading

Collected Poems 1

Poems 1970-1984

Publication Date : 27 Jun 1995

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Collected Poems 2

Peter Reading

Collected Poems 2

Poems 1985-1996

Publication Date : 27 Jun 1996

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Collected Poems 3

Peter Reading

Collected Poems 3

Poems 1997-2003

Publication Date : 27 Jun 2003

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Vendange Tardive

Peter Reading

Vendange Tardive

Publication Date : 25 Nov 2010

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