Vendange Tardive

by Peter Reading

Vendange Tardive Synopsis

After mapping Britain's national decline over thirty years through 25 books of poetry, Peter Reading has reinvented himself as a writer in his 21st-century work. The vitriolic social critic has become poetry's Millennial prophet of doom, directing his venom and sorrow at the destruction of the world's wildlife and environment. Vendange Tardive is a late harvest of vintage Reading in disaster mode. Here is a rueful crop of valedictory poems in which man reaps what he sows: shipwreck, ruin, death, war, ignomony and extinction. But somehow, amid all that, there is still the fruit of the vine and the bittersweet spirit of life. Peter Reading is probably the most skilful and technically inventive poet writing today, mixing the matter and speech of the gutter with highly sophisticated metrical and syllabic patterns to produce scathing and grotesque accounts of lives blighted by greed, meanness, ignorance, phoney media flimflam, political ineptness and cultural impoverishment.

Vendange Tardive Press Reviews

'Anger is a country Peter Reading has been colonising for years - the anger is expressed with classical clarity - Rage against the state of the nation, but also rage against the darkness of death, exile and inability to show love' - Helen Dunmore, Observer. 'Despair, both environmental and political, is never absent; but this is an appreciative, defiantly humane volume' - Robert Potts, Guardian. 'Deliberately squalid, violent and apocalyptic contemporary contents are yoked to forms that for the best part of three millennia have been used for the beautiful and the heroic' - Michael Hofmann, The Times.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781852248840
Publication date: 30th November 2010
Author: Peter Reading
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 56 pages
Categories: Poetry by individual poets,

About Peter Reading

Peter Reading is the only British poet to have won the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry twice, in 1990 and 2004. In 1998-99 held the first Lannan Foundation Literary Residency. He is the only poet to read his entire life's work for the Lannan Foundation's DVD archive. All his poetry is published by Bloodaxe, along with Isabel Martin's critical study Reading Peter Reading (2000). His Collected Poems is published in three volumes: 1: Poems 1970-1984 (1995), 2: Poems 1985-1996 (1996) and 3: Poems 1997-2003 (2003). His later collections are available separately from Bloodaxe, -273-15 (2005) and Vendage Tardive (2010). He lives in Ludlow, Shropshire.

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