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Nine Lessons from the Dark

(2003)
A collection of poems by

 
 
Adam Thorpe's fourth collection continues his engagement with history: the living continuum that connects us with our near and distant past, nourishing and illuminating our present. Here are traces left of presence: Indian scratchings on rock, the nail-marks of destroyed frescoes, spoken fragments of war memories - petroglyphs that function as both memorials and re-awakenings, traceable with the finger of the imagination. And here, too, are images of the stilled, the stopped life: a snowed-up village, the paralysed victim of motor-neurone disease, a soft drink fermented in an old village cafe.

From this rueful equilibrium of mid-life, Thorpe circles his own personal history, allowing regret and anticipation their Janus-like say. These are erudite, generous poems, formally versatile yet rich in startlingly original observation and a natural lyric grace. Performing his unique archaeology on lives lived, Adam Thorpe once again displays the range of his imagination and the depth of his humanity.



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Paperback Editions

October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Nine Lessons From The Dark (Cape Poetry)
Author(s): Adam Thorpe
ISBN: 0-224-06385-5 / 978-0-224-06385-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Nine Lessons From The Dark (Cape Poetry)
Author(s): Adam Thorpe
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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