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Space of Joy
By John Fuller

The Space of Joy

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Space of Joy by John Fuller

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Costa Poetry Award 2007.

Book Description

The Space of Joy is a sequence of poems that recounts the endless desire for love (and the failures and compromises that accompany that desire) in a number of writers and musicians who fatally prioritise their art. It begins with Petrarch, who created great lyric poetry out of an impossible infatuation, and moves through Coleridge's self-induced guilt within domestic happiness, Matthew Arnold's disbelief in mutual love, Brahm's self-delusion and the complexities of Wallace Stevens's marriage. It so happens that both Brahms and Arnold found themselves contemplating their art and their lives in the small Swiss town of Thun, and it is Thun that provides the setting for the wonderful concluding poem of this collection in which Fuller thinks back to his own boyood and his parents' marriage. If there is any resolution in this sequence of magnificently playful and thought-provoking poems, it is the conviction that while 'poetry may be the only heaven we have', it is life itself that must create the 'space of joy' which art wishes to celebrate. Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780701181109
ISBN-10: 0701181109
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 8mm)
Pages: 96
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Fuller

John Fuller is an acclaimed poet and novelist. He has written eighteen collections of poetry, most recently Pebble & I and Song & Dance, both chosen as Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His 2004 collection, Ghosts, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award; The Space of Joy, published in 2006, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. His most recent publication, Who Is Ozymandias? is a critically acclaimed book about puzzles in poetry. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

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