Prince’s work collected here is marked by a sensuous, even painful observation of nature. Prince masters the neo-Romantic English poetic style to reveal emotional depths beneath the polished surfaces of these elegant poems. The ordeal of his narrators’ creativity mirrors a search for stable identity in a world in which nature is ‘supple and subtle, full of stirrings.’ His signature poem, Soldiers Bathing, mingling Rupert Brooke-like bitterness at war’s ‘death and animality’ with appreciation of innocence and redemption, is a memorable poem about the ‘terror’ of love, a rich interpretation of ‘a drunkenness/ Of high desire and thought’ and nature ‘luminous as a grapeskin.’ A poetic technique meticulous as hand-tooled leather seeks to free ‘mind/Impelled by torment’ of ‘the coming of a dream.’ A significant body of modern poetry. ― Library Journal
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A hardcover edition with olive green boards, gilt lettering and unclipped dust jacket. There is a small tear on the top left-hand edge of the dust cover and a small tear on the back, top edge also.
Now in a protective plastic cover to prevent further damage.
Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry and The Menard Press, London.
Publication Date: 1979.
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