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Silent Highway Anthony Howell

Silent Highway

Anthony Howell

Published October 13th 2015
ISBN : 9780856464522
Paperback
96 pages
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An eclectic original.—Peter Reading in the Times Literary SupplementFor many years, Anthony Howell has been unspooling his mad and lovely poems in England, yet has somehow managed to be not famous. . . . Meanwhile, welcome to the wide, wild worldMoreAn eclectic original.—Peter Reading in the Times Literary SupplementFor many years, Anthony Howell has been unspooling his mad and lovely poems in England, yet has somehow managed to be not famous. . . . Meanwhile, welcome to the wide, wild world of Britains best kept secret.—John AshberyAll the sweat of working be to set things up back home,But its more than fifty year, and me still on the roam.Man, its just the women here who make we feel alive:Had I share of them since the day me arrive.Aint they lain beside we, the smooth night long?Sweet Thames, run softly, till me end I song.The centerpiece of Silent Highway celebrates the role of the river Thames in the life of London. It is written as a sequence that looks at history and the present: from Pocahontass voyage to the arrival of the Windrush bringing immigrants from Jamaica, the mysterious death of Roberto Calvi and the Marchioness disaster, via the Fire of London and many incidents in which the river has been spectator or participant. Anthony Howells mix of verse styles and skill with cameos ensures that interest never flags.In other poems he demonstrates his pleasure in avoiding the predictable and in writing on a wide variety of subjects. Among the many poems of place, in which he excels, are some disturbing descriptions of modern Britain- in the final section, poems inspired by a winter spent in Brazil, he has surprises in store.