Love's Bonfire by Tom Paulin

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These beautiful, unsettling poems combine decorum with tension – possibly a Middle Eastern mixture.
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Tom Paulin's first collection since The Road to Inver in 2004, Love's Bonfire sets poems about early life and marriage beside up-to-the minute and minutely registered perceptions of post-settlement Ireland. At the book's centre are delicately inward versions of the contemporary Palestinian poet Walid Khazendar, which resonate with the proximity of other lives, other exiles and destinies, as of an autobiography by other means.

 

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Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 but grew up in Belfast, and was educated at the universities of Hull and Oxford. He has published eight collections of poetry as well as a Selected Poems 1972-1990, two major anthologies, two versions of Greek drama, and several critical works, including The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt's Radical Style and, most recently, Crusoe's Secret: The Aesthetics of Dissent. His most recent collection of poems is The Road to Inver (2004). Well known for his appearances on the BBC's Newsnight Review, he is also the G. M. Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Faber & Faber. 64 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kate Kellaway on May 12 2012

These beautiful, unsettling poems combine decorum with tension – possibly a Middle Eastern mixture.

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Reviewed by Sean O'Brien on Apr 27 2012

Love's Bonfire is a welcome, if sombre, return from a fine poet.

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