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River

(1983)
A collection of poems by

 
 
First published in 1983, River celebrates fluvial landscapes, their creatures and their regenerative powers.
Inspired by Hughes's love of fishing and by his environmental activism, the poems are a deftly and passionately
attentive chronicle of change over the course of the seasons. West Country rivers predominate ('The West Dart'
and 'Torridge'), but other poems imagine or recall Japanese rivers or Celtic rivers, and 'The Gulkana' explores
an ancient Alaskan watercourse. At its core the sequence rehearses, in various settings, from winter to winter,
the life-cycle of the salmon.

All this, too, is stitched into the torn richness,

The epic poise

That holds him so steady in his wounds, so loyal to his doom,

so patient

In the machinery of heaven.

from 'October Salmon'



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Hardback Editions

May 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: River
Author(s): Ted Hughes
ISBN: 0-06-015298-2 / 978-0-06-015298-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: River: Poems by Ted Hughes
Author(s): Ted Hughes
ISBN: 0-571-27875-2 / 978-0-571-27875-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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June 1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: River
Author(s): Ted Hughes
ISBN: 0-06-091137-9 / 978-0-06-091137-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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September 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: River
Author(s): Ted Hughes
ISBN: 0-571-13088-7 / 978-0-571-13088-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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September 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: River Poems
Author(s): Ted Hughes
ISBN: 0-571-13093-3 / 978-0-571-13093-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Kindle Editions

May 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: River: Poems by Ted Hughes
Author(s): Ted Hughes
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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