The Coming-Down Time

The Coming-Down Time

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Publisher's Synopsis

“War and peace, past and present, love and death: The Coming-Down Time has a large reach, but makes its themes feel intimate by catching them in language that is at once simple and capable of wonder. It’s a striking achievement: moving and intelligent and memorable.”Andrew Motion

Robert Selby’s first collection introduces a poet of outstanding range and versatility. Here are dramatic monologues and personae, poems of war and in memoriam, moving personal lyrics and portraits of hearth and history. In plain-dealing, serious addresses, Selby meets the reader with candour and subtle, finely-tuned music, earning the company of a line of poets which runs from Hardy through Larkin and which, with feeling and restraint, sings love songs of England.

“Vivid, precise and stamped with a very English restraint, these poems deftly connect people and place across the span of a long century. There are images, echoes and correspondences here that resound as truthfully and as poignantly as a village church bell.”Melissa Harrison

“… a marvellous anatomy of English life over the past century, working outwards from its gripping evocation of a family centre in East Anglia by a writer who is at once poet, local historian and naturalist. The book focuses on the extraordinary development of war experience into the familiarity of the period which is ‘now and England’, showing in its final part how everyone’s personal life is in direct descent from the personal lives of ancestors.”Bernard O’Donoghue

Book information

ISBN: 9781912524518
Publisher: Shoestring Press
Imprint: Shoestring Press
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 86
Weight: 115g
Height: 210mm
Width: 135mm
Spine width: 11mm