The Italian Visitor ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Grey Gowrie

The Italian Visitor

Carcanet Poetry
Publication date: July 2013
ISBN: 9781847777775
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

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From the opening poem, an extended elegy for the Cold War’s ambivalent mix of irresponsibility and prosperity, to a concluding short memoir of Robert Lowell, The Italian Visitor is a book about memory. The title sequence, an account of a 1940s’ childhood, unravels time by placing Grey Gowrie’s eight-year-old self in fictional relationship with another poetic hero, Eugenio Montale. The Italian visited ‘bankrupt, utilitarian’ Britain in 1948, in his early fifties. There are love songs from the Portuguese, a ballad about the birth of Israel and elegiac poems for those districts of London now occupied mainly by overseas tycoons. Gowrie has also included a selection of the occasional verses he wrote in the years when poetry left him.
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