There are few other writers for whom contemporary events throw such long shadows or for whom the past is so present, and in Better Than God one has the sense of the poet attaining an increasingly commanding height. Porter remains one of the few poets we can open anywhere, and know that we will always be both enlightened and entertained. Peter Porter arrived in Britain 50 years ago and has lived here ever since.
Better Than God (Picador Poetry)
Since , he has visited his native Australia often and considers himself part of the present-day poetical worlds of both nations. Since he has been a freelance literary journalist and reviewer. He has published 16 books of poems, plus four further volumes with the Australian painter, Arthur Boyd.
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Published by Pan Macmillan, A collection of well over 50 substantial new poems, it is as impressive as any volume he has given us. Through his late seventies Porter has been writing with undiminished faith in poetry and, as always, setting his sights higher than most of his contemporaries. But his passion and sheer energy overcome his qualms.
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The intensity of Porter's commitment can result in some complex, even intellectually forbidding verse. But new readers should not be deterred. They might begin as even long-term…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access.
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