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A Casual Knack of Living free pdf Having been encouraged early on by W. H. Auden and Robert Graves, Herbert Lomas published his first poetry collection in 1969 since when a further eight collections have appeared. Ted Hughes wrote of his much-acclaimed eighth collection: 'I've read "A Useless Passion" through twice - each time at one sitting, and dipped into it a lot, lately - [The poems] are among your best, I think. Absolutely solid, surprising, beautifully compressed and shaped - and presenting a life-size living portrait of you. That humour - vital part of the whole impact - very congenial to me - You make some marvellous prismatic, penetrating, visionary talismans'. The present volume contains all nine of Lomas's published poetry books - including "Letters in the Dark" which was an Observer Book of the Year - together with a recent unpublished collection, "Nightlights". Herbert Lomas has received Guinness, Arvon and Cholmondely awards for his poetry, and he is a also a highly-regarded translator. He has translated fourteen books from Finnish and his anthology "Contemporary Finnish Poetry" won the Poetry Society's 1991 biennial translation award. Herbert Lomas thinks of poetry as a witness to the good and the incomprehensible and an opportunity for the reader to create new virtual experiences through the imagination. Survival may well depend on humour, which he regards as divine, and so he has not left it out in spite of the seriousness of his poetic search. He hopes the reader will share with him the mystery of life and how the Unknown keeps His cards close to his chest, smiling.

About Herbert Lomas

Herbert Lomas was born in Todmorden in the Pennines, and The Vale of Todmorden is his poetic record of the town and his family in the twenties and thirties. He served with the infantry 1943-46, including two years with the Royal Garhwal Rifles on the North West Frontier of India, and his 'Called to the Colours' in A Useless Passion is a record of that. He graduated with first-class honours and an MA from Liverpool University and is a former Senior Lecturer at the University of Helsinki and Principal Lecturer at the University of London. He was a regular critic for Alan Ross's The London Magazine and Ambit for thirty years, has contributed to The Hudson Review, The Spectator and other journals and is a regular translator for the quarterly Books from Finland. His Letters in the Dark was an Observer book of the year, and he has received Guinness, Arvon and Cholmondely awards. His Contemporary Finnish Poetry won the Poetry Society's 1991 biennial translation award. He is a member of the Finnish Academy, and was made Knight First Class, Order of the White Rose of Finland, 'for his services to Finnish Literature'. He lives in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, and has two children by his late wife Mary.

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Author : Herbert Lomas
Publisher : Arc Publications
Data Published : 19 October 2009
ISBN : 1906570523
EAN : 9781906570521
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 284 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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