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- DescriptionA quidnunc is a gossip, one who is constantly asking, 'What w?' Quidnunc is a poem in which four individuals are haunted in different ways by what they have t forgotten. And Quidnunc is a collection in which, whether recent or distant, personal or cultural, the past is keenly felt. Woods writes with bravura and eloquence in free verse, syllabics and metre; the poems range from the barbaric civility of the classical world to the perplexed certainties of the present. At the heart of the collection are two dramatic mologues spoken by English writers, Lord Byron at the end of his youth and Sir Osbert Sitwell in old age. Both trace the complex intersections between politics, aesthetics and desire. Constantine Cavafy, Henry James and Marcel Proust, other writers challenged by similar questions, put in an appearance. In the struggle to come to terms with the formalities of love and the intimacies of aggression, Contingency wrestles with fate, and history fades into enticing rumour.
- Author BiographyGregory Woods was born in Egypt in 1953 and grew up in the newly independent Ghana. He was studied English and American literature at the University of East Anglia, where he undertook Angus Wilson and Malcolm Bradbury's first undergraduate course in creative writing in 1973. He is currently Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Nottingham Trent University and is the author of several critical books, including A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition (1998) and This Is No Book: A Gay Reader (1994). He has published three previous poetry collections: We Have the Melon (1992), May I Say Nothing (1998) and The District Commissioner's Dreams (2002).
- Author(s)Gregory Woods
- PublisherCarcanet Press Ltd
- Date of Publication29/11/2007
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationManchester
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCarcanet Press Ltd
- Height216 mm
- Spine135 mm
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