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Misadventure

Misadventure

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Misadventure

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57 pages
18 minutes
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Mar 29, 2012
ISBN:
9781447213116
Format:
Livre

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Misadventure won the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize, and is Richard Meier’s first collection. Misadventure is a book about what we learn, and what we refuse to learn: although Meier’s poems are often deceptively quiet in their address, the reader will soon discover a poet capable of illuminating the darkest corners of our lives by the very lightest of touches, and an ear simultaneously attuned to the lyric poem and the cadence of real speech. The collection also contains some disarmingly tender poetry on the experience of fatherhood. Misadventure is about all the hope and hopelessness lurking just below the surface of things, in our rooms, tables, coats and gardens – and leaves them enriched and strange, under the transforming eye of a fine new talent.
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Mar 29, 2012
ISBN:
9781447213116
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Richard Meier lives in north London with his wife, daughter and son. Misadventure is his first book.

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Contents

Winter morning

Misadventure

Fabric

For a bridge suicide

The promise

Crocuses

The top field

Walking near Arundel

Sky sports

The Feeder

Psychotherapy

Opening and closing of the double-glazed man

Domestic

Sea Palling

Tables for two

Renunciation

Three weeks to go

Moment

That we might have a garden

Building Matilda

I – In time

II – Roulette

III – The science bit

IV – Portrait of a woman in the first weeks of pregnancy

V – Routine scan

VI – Section

VII – Petal

VIII – First birthday

Early learning

Compos mentis

Write about what you know

A hopeless gardener thanks his wife

Relative

Blackberrying in a time of recession

On the road out of Roussillon

Conditions

The tour-guide

Maddened by this world

We’ll always have Paris

White out

Still

Please collect all winter coats

To a new teacher

Canute explains

Da capo

Acknowledgements

Winter morning

Shyly coated in greys, blacks, browns –

to keep us out of sight of the cold –

we weren’t expecting this this morning: sun

and shadows, like a summer’s evening, like summer

teasing. And not quite under the shelter on

the northbound platform, an old man, the sun

behind him, just his crown ablaze; and heading

southbound, a woman inching ever nearer

the platform edge, the light a tear

across her midriff,

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