The Water Table by Philip Gross

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Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize. A powerful and ambiguous body of water lies at the heart of these poems, with shoals and channels that change with the forty-foot tide. Even the name is fluid -- from one shore, the Bristol Channel, from the other Môr Hafren, the Severn Sea.  Philip Gross's meditations move with subtle steps between these shifting grounds and those of the man-made world, the ageing body and that ever-present mystery, the self. Admirers of his work know each new collection is a new stage; this one marks a crossing into a new questioning, new clarity and depth. 'A book of great clarity and concentration, continually themed but always lively and alert in its use of language. Gross takes us from Great Flood to subtly invoked concerns for our watery planet; this is a mature and determined book, dream-like inplaces, but dealing ultimately with real questions of human existence'
-- Simon Armitage, T.S. Eliot Prize judges' comment.

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Philip Gross is a poet whose work has won several prizes; his collection THE WASTING GAME was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. He lives in Bristol, England, and teaches creative writing at Glamorgan University. THE LASTLING is his third novel, his first to be published by Clarion Books. 9780152003920
Published July 21, 2011 by Bloodaxe Books. 64 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In “Atlantis World” the sea withdraws from the coast, leaving the beach .

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