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Title:
Stolen light : selected poems
Author:
Conn, Stewart.
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Publication Information:
Newcastle-upon-Tyne : Bloodaxe, 1999.

©1998
Physical Description:
192 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781852244842
Format :
Book

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Central Library PR6053.O46 S76 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Conn's self-selected retrospective is as impressive a presentation of this substantial poet as will probably ever be made.--Booklist starred review An author's Collected Poems carries a sense of finality which is not present in a Selected Poems, w


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Booklist Review

Conn's self-selected retrospective is as impressive a presentation of this substantial poet as will probably ever be made. Conn sorts some 35 years' worth of poems into seven untitled groups. Common subject matters are family life, traveling (especially in Scotland, Conn's homeland), and painting and the other plastic arts. Friendship and human sympathy inform and characterize virtually every poem: it is hard to imagine a more appealing poetic persona than Conn's. Particular subjects memorably include Conn's great uncle, a sturdy farmer and World War I veteran; Renoir's The Luncheon of the Boating Party, the real-life models for whose figures Conn deftly conjures in a suite of interior monologues; Soweto in 1984; and scenes from Conn's Ayrshire childhood. Conn's elder colleague, the late Iain Crichton Smith, observed the "ghosts of rhymes" in Conn's poems. In tandem with the rhythms, though not scansions, of the stanzas (quatrains, sestets, etc.) Conn habitually uses, those ghosts suggest Conn's winningly wise attitude toward the world: that it is beautiful and precious, but also rather frail, held together for humanity by acts of love. --Ray Olson


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