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Peter Riley - The Day's Final Balance

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Peter Riley - The Day's Final Balance

Paperback, 212pp, 8.5x5.5ins

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The Day's Final Balance, as its subtitle explains, presents uncollected and unpublished work by Peter Riley from over 40 years — poems, prose-poems, and short prose pieces in a great variety of modes — the poems varying (from the start) from the plain to the highly figured, centring on "passionate and purposeful meditation among natural and human objects".

 

Readers will find here a new extension to the long poem Alstonefield; a collection of 118 very short poems – epigrammatic, lyrical, or absurd; new prose poems, some of which relate to the long-running Excavations project; a set in memory of Douglas Oliver; prose pieces arising from travels in the Carpathians, and thus pendant to the author's Shearsman collection The Dance at Mociu. Gaps in the record are filled in, little gems are reclaimed, and much fine work that has hitherto escaped all but the most thorough of research-minded readers is here offered to the public, an accompaniment to his latest collection, The Llyn Writings.

 

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