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Poems from East Anglia Paperback – 1 Jun 1997

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Enitharmon Press (1 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900564602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900564601
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,536,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Poems from East Anglia establishes Crossley-Holland among the finest native voices of the area. He is a poet listening to his own history through the clamour of seabirds and gales and well-caught scraps of this and that which blow across the land. His language has been honed by the Norfolk and Suffolk climate itself, and has the polish of split flint.'Ronald Blythe

About the Author

Kevin Crossley-Holland's deep interest in the early literature of north-west Europe is reflected in much of his writing. In addition to his Selected Poems and Moored Man, a cycle of North Norfolk poems with watercolours and etchings by Norman Ackroyd, he is the author of The Penguin Book of Norse Myths ,while his anthology The Anglo-Saxon World contains his well-known translations ofBeowulf and many of the shorter poems. His celebrated books for children, including the Arthur trilogy, Gatty's Tale and retelling of Beowulf illustrated by Charles Keeping, have been translated into well over twenty languages. With the poet Lawrence Sail, Crossley-Holland has edited a collection of modern metaphorical riddles,The New Exeter Book of Riddles ,and Light Unlocked, an anthology of Christmas Card poems. He is also the co-author with Ivan Cutting of The Wuffings, a play about Anglo-Saxon East Anglia, and the librettist for Nicola LeFanu of two operas based on medieval legends, The Green Children and The Wildman. Kevin Crossley-Holland is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, patron of the Society for Storytelling and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives on the North Norfolk coast.

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In my opinion this is his very best book of poems. Particularly meaningful if you know the Norfolk coast ... he lets you hear, see, feel and experience it in such a wonderful way, relating the landscape to our emotions. It strips away all our pretensions and gets down to the bone and yet encourages us to live with more knowledge and a greater sense of beauty.

If you are lucky you might also come across some of his poems written as postcards with beautiful pen and ink drawings (by his artist wife or other friends).

I first saw one of his poems called "Comfort" in the Guardian and just had to find the book. I have since given the book away to friends and particularly to other poets.
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