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Poetry
  • Author:
    Tony Harrison
  • ISBN:
    0394561260
  • ISBN13:
    978-0394561264
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  • Publisher:
    Random House; 1st edition (May 12, 1987)
  • Pages:
    203 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Poetry
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Tony Harrison was born in Leeds in 1937. His poetry includes The Loiners, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; . which became a cause célèbre when broadcast on Channel 4 in 1987 and was broadcast again in full on BBC Radio 4 in 2013, and The Gaze of the Gorgon, which won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry.

Three decades on, Tony Harrison's angry but exquisite poetry still has the power to chill, writes Nicholas Lezard. Harrison's Collected Poems comes in at 474 pages; this is 200 fewer

Three decades on, Tony Harrison's angry but exquisite poetry still has the power to chill, writes Nicholas Lezard. Harrison's Collected Poems comes in at 474 pages; this is 200 fewer. A Collected Works, on the other hand, would run to many volumes, and none of his stage or film verse is included here. Nor is an index, either of poems or first lines, which seems a trifle shabby.

249pp, Penguin, £. 9. Written in 1984, V. is the last poem to appear in this reprint of Harrison's now classic Selected Poems. Laced with spray-canned four-letter words and loutish bawling in a Leeds cemetery, Harrison's great public poem V. scandalised the nation when first broadcast on television in the mid-1980s. The Daily Mail, while just about refraining from issuing a Rushdie-style fatwa, was clear in its disgust at what it saw as his poetic vandalism. Harrison, it thought, was in linguistic league with the miscreants he wrote about, graffitiing "CUNT, PISS, SHIT and (mostly) FUCK" all over the reputable Georgian tombstone of English poetry.

She wants me to leave ‘this minute’ but I won’t drawn to the faded feathers in glass cases where grown-ups see what toddlers like me don’t, imposed on stuffed creation, their own faces.

Book Ends by Tony Harrison - I Baked the day she suddenly dropped dead we chew it slowly that last apple pi.

Book Ends by Tony Harrison - I Baked the day she suddenly dropped dead we chew it slowly that last apple pie. Shocked into sleeplessness you'r. We never could talk much, and now don't try. You're like book ends, the pair of you, she'd say, Hog that grate, say nothing, sit, sleep, star. he 'scholar' me, you, worn out on poor pay, only our silence made us seem a pair. Not as good for staring in, blue gas, too regular each bud, each yellow spike. At night you need my company to pass and she not here to tell us we're alike! You're life's all shattered into smithereens.

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This second edition of his "selected poems" contains 13 additional poems, including ten new sonnets for "The School of Eloquence" and his remarkable long poem "V".