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David Constantine

Collected Poems

David Constantine

Publication Date : 27 Nov 2004

ISBN: 9781852246679

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

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

David Constantine is one the finest poets writing in English. His poetry stands outside the current literary climate, and like the work of the European poets who have nourished him, it is informed by a profoundly humane vision of the world. Its mood is often one of unease, elegiac or comically edged, barbed with pain or tinged with pleasure. His poems hold a worried and restless balance between celebration and anxiety, restraint and longing.

His Collected Poems spans three decades, including work from seven previous Bloodaxe titles and two limited editions, as well as a whole collection of new poems. He has since published two later collections, Nine Fathom Deep (2009) and Elder (2014).

‘The mood is both tender and desperate, with something of the uncanny in its blend of the recognisably human and apparently Other… His religious regard for the world (not the same thing as religious conviction) produces a strange translation of its ordinary terms. Its colours and joys and terrors are heightened as though by fever, yet at the same time brought into clearer focus’ – Sean O'Brien, Poetry Review.

‘Constantine’s peculiar vision is an uneasy blend of the exquisite and the everyday…the beatific, the ordinary, the rebarbative even, are almost indistinguishable… Overwhelmingly the poems are intelligent and well-turned, setting out the tensions between innocence and experience with fine control’ – Elizabeth Lowry, TLS.

 

David Constantine: 'Watching for Dolphins'

David Constantine reads his celebrated poem 'Watching for Dolphins' from his Collected Poems. This film is from the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets, filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce, edited by Neil Astley, which includes five poems from Collected Poems read by David Constantine.


 

  

BOOKS BY David Constantine

A Living Language

David Constantine

A Living Language

Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures

Publication Date : 27 Nov 2004

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Centres of Cataclysm

Sasha Dugdale

Centres of Cataclysm

celebrating 50 years of Modern Poetry in Translation

Publication Date : 24 Mar 2016

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Elder

David Constantine

Elder

Publication Date : 27 Mar 2014

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Nine Fathom Deep

David Constantine

Nine Fathom Deep

Publication Date : 27 Jan 2009

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