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Collected Poems [Paperback]

R. F. Langley
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27 Jan 2000
This "Selected" contains material from Langley's previous two collections, "Man Jack" and "Twelve Poems", as well as newer and unpublished material. Langley's work is demanding, but rewarding to. Longer poems such as "Juan Fernandez" and "Matthew Glover" are mixed with shorter pieces, but all are carried by the playful, sometimes terse but never self-ragarding language of a confidant and assured poet. A friend of J.H. Prynne, Langley's work has a more playful, accessible and humerous edge which gives the reader a more immediate reward.

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd (27 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185754448X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857544480
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Anglo-Saxon hoard found in Staffordshire 20 May 2010
This is treasure. It speaks with a soft, insistent whisper. The patter of the little syllables. Its roots appear to be in American poetry - Stevens, Olson, Dorn. Like Michael Haslam, Langley recalls GM Hopkins but the language is less obviously `wrought' - having a lightness that nevertheless resonates with allusion and etymological tricks. It has a gentle,introspective quality. No big dramas or sudden epiphanies. The mind catches itself at it ... watching willow warblers in Staffordshire sallows or the light moving in a remote Suffolk church. The long poems, `Matthew Glover' and `Man Jack' are wonderful - and there is nothing else like them in modern English poetry. No-one else writes like this. It deserves a much wider readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of magic 8 Feb 2002
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R. F. Langley is a very underrated and modest writer, having waited till relatively late in life to publish his first full collection. Because he selects the best material from a lifetime's output, there are no bad poems in this book. Although, the poems are a little hard to read at first, you will gradually be drawn by Langley's superb sense of rhythm, his unexpected diction and his mysterious atmospheres.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our finest poets and teachers 30 Jan 2011
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The other reviewers say what is to be said about the work. I can tell you about the man: a true inspiration, without whom I wouldn't be able to write or read with the confidence he imbued through his love of language and people. He died a few days ago. Rest in peace, "Rolf"!
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