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Corpus by Michael Symmons Roberts

Book Awards

  • Winner of Whitbread Book Awards: Poetry Category 2004.

Book Description

Corpus - Michael Symmons Roberts' Whitbread-Prize winning fourth collection - centres around the body. Mystical, philosophical and erotic, the bodies in these poems move between different worlds - life and after-life, death and resurrection - encountering pathologists' blades, geneticists' maps and the wounds of love and war. Equally at ease with scripture (Jacob wrestling the Angel in 'Choreography') and science ('Mapping the Genome'), these poems are a thrilling blend of modern and ancient wisdom, a profound and lyrical exploration of the mysteries of the body:' So the martyrs took the lamb./ It tasted rich, steeped in essence/ Of anchovy. They picked it clean/ And found within, a goose, its pink/ Beak in the lamb's mouth like a tongue.' Ranging effortlessly between the physical extremes of death - from putrefaction to purification - and life - drought and flood, hunger and satiation - the poems in Corpus speak most movingly of 'living the half-life between two elements', of what it is to be unique and luminously alive.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224073424
ISBN-10: 0224073427
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 132mm x 9mm)
Pages: 80
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 12-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Books By Author Michael Symmons Roberts

Deaths of the Poets by Michael Symmons Roberts Deaths of the Poets, Hardback (February 2017)

From Chatterton's Pre-Raphaelite demise to Keats' death-warrant in a smudge of arterial blood; from Dylan Thomas' eighteen straight whiskies to Sylvia Plath's desperate suicide in the gas oven of her Primrose Hill kitchen, the deaths of poets have often cast a backward shadow on their work. In this book, two poets investigate this myth.

Selected Poems by Michael Symmons Roberts Selected Poems, Paperback (May 2016)

Features a collection that reveals that all the strength and sensuality and strangeness is in there from the start. This is a metaphysical poetry for our age: rooted, steeped in the physical, but stretching for lyric completion, philosophical clarity, emotional truth.

Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts Drysalter, Paperback (April 2013)

Like the medieval psalters echoed in its title, this collection of poems contains both the sacred and profane. It includes hymns of praise and lamentation, songs of wonder and despair, journeying effortlessly through physical and metaphysical landscapes, from financial markets and urban sprawl to deserts and dark nights of the soul.

Edgelands by Michael Symmons Roberts Edgelands, Paperback (February 2012)

Passed through, negotiated, unacknowledged: the edgelands - those familiar yet ignored spaces which are neither city nor countryside - have become the great wild places on our doorsteps. This title describes mobile masts and gravel pits, business parks and landfill sites, taking us on a journey to marvel at these mysterious regions in our midst.

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Author Biography - Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts was born in Preston, Lancashire, in 1963. He has published three previous books of poetry, Soft Keys (1993), Raising Sparks (1999) and Burning Babylon (2001) and is a frequent collaborator with the composer James MacMillan. He is also an award-winning radio writer, and makes documentary films for the BBC.

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