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Firewriting and Other Poems

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Firewriting and Other Poems by John Muckle
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This is John Muckle's first poetry collection. The book's main feature is the long title poem, in which the author imagines that the German-Jewish critic Walter Benjamin escaped death by his own hand on the French-Spanish border in 1940 - his revolver misfired - and has survived as a kind of wanderer and witness. After the war he returned to Paris, but later moved to London where, in the 'now' of the poem at the age of 120, he is recalling some of his ideas - and confessing - to a nurse, whom he imagines might also be a student of his work. The poem is a personal view of Benjamin, and the author hopes that any reader unfamiliar with his writings might begin with 'Illuminations' and embark on a long journey with one of the great radical thinkers of any century. The remainder of the book features many of Muckle's trademark narrative poems.
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2005
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Shearsman Books
Pages
132
Dimensions
152x229x7
ISBN-13
9780907562641
Product ID
1836782

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