Effigies Against the Light by John Wilkinson
(Salt Modern Poets S.)

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The poems inEffigies Against the Lighthave the qualities of improvising with materials at hand and of formal complexity which also might distinguish cultures dispersing and re-resolving through exile – one of the book's major themes. Similarly these poems can be direct in emotional impact whilst remaining unaccountable.
 

About John Wilkinson

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John Wilkinson is Research Professor at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches literature and creative writing, having worked in UK mental health services for three decades. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Fellow at the National Humanities Center. The Guardian described his last book of poetry, Lake Shore Drive (Salt 2006), as ldquo;multiplex, visionary, ragged, and exceedingly strange because exceedingly true to realityrdquo;.
 
Published August 1, 2001 by Salt Publishing. 212 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Effigies Against the Light by John Wilkinson 199pp, Salt, £15.95 Reading John Wilkinson's poetry is an unusual experience;

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This extra-long book by Wilkinson (Oort's Cloud), one of the most intellectually demanding and politically engaged of contemporary English poets, suggests that the differences between some versions of modernism and postmodernism might be nil.

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