The Wind Dog by Tom Paulin
Poems (Faber Poetry)

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An outstanding collection of poems by Tom Paulin, one of Britain's most original poets and literary critics

"o chitterin chatterin platinum licht
the bow shall be in the clouds
and I will look upon it
to remember the everlasting testament
between God and all that liveth upon earth
whatsoever flesh or faith it be
--they may have turned Tyndale into tinder
but the bow he wrought lives high
in this wet blue sky"
--from "The Wind Dog"

In the north of Ireland, a "wind dog" is a fragment of a rainbow, and in the title poem of this collection, it provides Tom Paulin with a perfect bridge into childhood and its "lingo-jingo of beginnings." The poem is a singing meditation on the life of the ear--"the only true reader"--and the meaning and music of both words and preverbal sounds are a recurring theme in this rich, cogent, and adventurous volume.

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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 June 15, 2000 by Faber & Faber. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As he puts it in “Cuas,” “what interests me / is my own unease.” This can lead him to myopic, insufficiently ironic lines, like these in “Fortogiveness”: “and forgive me too that unlike Hugo / I’ve not been a freelance writer / for the last twenty or more years / but instead have held down a job....

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