Kedging : New Poems Paperback
Part of the Salt Modern Poets series
Kedging is John Matthias's first book of poems since his long New Selected Poems of 2004.
The volume is divided into five parts: "Post-Anecdotal" includes short poems on autobiographical and elegiac themes; "The Memoirists" engages the lives and writings of Lorenzo Da Ponte, Edward John Trelawney, Frederick Rolfe, Celeste Albaret, and Vernon Duke; "The Cotranslator's Dilemmas" deals with Swedish poets, Swedish poems, and issues of translation; "Laundry Lists and Manifestoes" ranges from Homer and the Old Testament to Internet technology; "Kedging in Time" deals with the lives of several families in the context of British naval history; and "The Back of the Book" prints an essay called "Kedging in Kedging in Time," which was commissioned by Chicago Review as a commentary on the final poem in the volume.
The three extended sequences in the book underline the observations of Mark Scroggins in a review of New Selected Poems - that Matthias, working in the tradition of late modernism, but in middle-length poems that are not open-ended, has "written one Briggflatts after another." Robert Archambeau has said that Matthias writes "successfully in a wider range of styles than any other contemporary poet." John Kinsella has said simply that Matthias is "a great poet." "One of the best poets in the USA." - Guy Davenport
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 188 pages, No
- Publisher: Salt Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/11/2007
- Category: Poetry
- ISBN: 9781844713288