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- DescriptionA sixty-poem sequence brings a new departure in Alan Brownjohn's poetry. 'Ludbrooke' is a rueful, proud, somewhat devious figure who negotiates the hurdles and snares of an older man's life with - or so he likes to think - a combination of principle, aplomb, dexterity and romantic flair. Yet his successes are few and modest, and his strategies suggest an alter ego which his creator is obliged to disown. Ludbrooke has been linked by some with the appearance in earlier poems of a character called 'The Old Fox'. But Ludbrooke behaves as if he is younger in spirit, more agile and varied in his activities. These 13-line poems - described by the poet Peter Reading as 'sonnets for the unlucky' - broadly cover three years of his day-to-day life in multicultural 21st-century Britain: a batch of near-love affairs, worries about the figure he cuts among friends, battles with work and alcohol - but finally a determination never to give up. The Others in Brownjohn's remarkable new volume - other poems rather than personalities - address a characteristically wide range of subjects: love, disquieting memories, features of a post-industrial world given an edge of slightly surreal fantasy. Some are intensely personal, others look outwards with the alert eye he has always brought to his poems of social observation. Everything in Ludbrooke and Others is achieved with craft and elegance, and in the distinctive voice which makes every poem by this poet instantly recognizable and enjoyable.
- Author BiographyAlan Brownjohn, whose third volume of Collected Poems was published by Enitharmon Press in 2006, was born in 1931. He was educated at Merton College, Oxford. Earlier volumes of verse include A Night in the Gazebo (1980), a Poetry Book Society Choice, The Cat Without E-Mail (2001) and The Men Around Her Bed (2004). He is also a novelist: his fourth novel, Windows on the Moon (Black Spring) appeared in 2009. He works as a freelance journalist and critic and lives in London.
- Author(s)Alan Brownjohn
- PublisherEnitharmon Press
- Date of Publication01/07/2010
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEnitharmon Press
- Weight159 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine10 mm
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