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Open World: Collected Poems 1960 - 2000 [Paperback]

Kenneth White
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18 Aug 2003
This collection of Kenneth White's poetry shows the full sweep of his vision from his earliest work until 2000. The same elements recur again and again - rocks, sea, mist, gulls and the natural world.

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  • Paperback: 708 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited; 1st Edition edition (18 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904598013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904598015
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth White was born in Glasgow and studied at the universities of Glasgow, Munich and Paris. He began to be published in London in the 1960s, but broke with the British scene in 1967 and moved to France. He held the Chair of XXth century Poetics at the Sorbonne from 1983 to 1996, and in 1989 he founded the International Institute of Geopoetics. Kenneth White is the author of numerous books, including "On Scottish Ground" and "House of Tides." He regularly lectures and tours in both Scotland and France and his appearances at the Edinburgh Book Festival sell out every year. He lives in Brittany.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of accessible poems 26 July 2014
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Came across 2 of Kenneth Whites books as a student in 1960s. Excellent collection of accessible poems, with themes I can identify with. such as his interest in geography and the countryside. Glad to have rediscovered his works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and sharpening 14 Dec 2012
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As a collected works, there's an amount of stuff here that's less than perfect. But the voice remains clear and the perspectives fresh. White seemingly effortlessly attains some of the bare lucidity of the Chinese masters while retaining a Western voice. He is truly global poet who awakens the sense of a shared logos, written on earth, bark, sea and mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open World, by Kenneth White 16 Dec 2007
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Open World (note: this is listed as "Open Worlds" on [...]; the correct title is "Open World") "Le Nouvel Obsrvateur", Paris, says that Kenneth White "is bound to appear as the foremost English-languge poet of these times" (from the cover), and I agree. I first ran across his name and some of his poetry in books by J. Philip Newell, then found "Open World" on and bought it. It comprises his collected works from 1960 to 2000. Each time I pick it up and open it, I find new things that I had missed in a previous reading, like finding gold where you had looked before and there, on a second or third or fourth digging, there it is, right before your eye.

Born in Glasgow in 1936 and raised in western Scotland, Kenneth White is also an essayist, travel writer and held the chair of 20th Century Poetics at the Sorbonne from 1983-1996.

If you haven't heard of him, buy this book and read it; it's become one of the most important books in my library.
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