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This Life, This Life Selected Poems 1970-2006

by Andrew Greig

This Life, This Life Selected Poems 1970-2006 Synopsis

What are the contours of a life? For Andrew Greig: childhood, adolescence, the country then the city, sex, love, marriage, break-ups and breakdowns personal and political, mountain adventures, illness and recovery, increased awareness of mortality and the preciousness of the moments left, late love...they're all here in these wildly diverse, affirmative, open-hearted poems. As a poet and latterly as a novelist, Andrew Greig is one of Scotland's most esteemed writers. Each of his poetry books has been distinctively different, from the early and late poems rooted in the natural world, to the game-playing extended narratives of exultation and risk, from human love to the mountaineering poems. But this selection covering 35 years of his poetry shows how the thrust of all his work is the re-enchantment of this life.

This Life, This Life Selected Poems 1970-2006 Press Reviews

'Andrew Greig is a Scottish poet of sensitivity and resilience. He deals with high-risk situations - from mountaineering to love - and is particularly good at presenting the gamut of feelings involved in rites of passage: high endeavour, commitment, holding back, drift, release' - Edwin Morgan. 'When I first read the poems, I started writing down the ones I was really impressed by, but I gave that up after I'd written down 4 of the first 5. I doubt if there is a weak one in the collection. They interest me for their subject-matter and use of it - very subtle, often very unexpected, always on a nicely serious level, not without wit' - Norman MacCaig 'It is now a commonplace to say that most exciting new writing comes from north of the Border. If further proof were needed, Greig provides it' - Erica Wagner, The Times. 'A lyric poet of rare gusto' - Peter Porter, Observer 'I regret to say my students prefer your Western Swing to Gunslinger' - Ed Dorn.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781852247133
Publication date: 10th September 2006
Author: Andrew Greig
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Poetry by individual poets,

About Andrew Greig

andrew greig is one of the leading Scottish writers of his generation. As well as seven collections of poetry, he has published three non-fiction titles, including two books chronicling his Himalayan expeditions, and Preferred Lies (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006). His novels include Electric Brae (Canongate, 1992), The Return of John McNab (Headline, 1996), When They Lay Bare (Faber, 1999), That Summer (Faber, 2000) and In Another Light (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004). He is married to novelist Lesley Glaister, and lives on Orkney and in Peebles.

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