Definite Articles
Selected Prose 1973-2012


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Definite Articles
Selected Prose 1973-2012

by Tom Leonard (Author)



ISBN: 9780956628374


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Tom Leonard's Definite Articles covers forty years of essays, articles, reviews, and journal entries. The material is political, literary, topical and personal, and includes in its scope:-

The "news" and what it never says- language and power- Roger Quin, homeless poet- poetry and its place or otherwise in school- Charles Reznikoff, modern american master- Carlos Williams versus class diction in Britain- the public library and what democracy means- Robert Browning- R D Laing remembered- John Clare- What does "culture" mean?- Chekhov's Uncle Vanya - On the Mass Bombing of Iraq and Kuwait - "The City of Dreadful Night" and its place in the life James Thomson- African and native poetry anthologies- sexuality, rape and "virgin martyrs" in the Catholic Church -space and the poetry of breath from Pound to Paul Blackburn- demonising Muslims and MIddle East policy -reclaiming local culture in Scotland- Boltanski's Glasgow exhibition- a memoir of Tom Leonard's father- Tom Raworth's latest poetry- Robert Fergusson, heroic not tragic- the silence on the Tamils-Labour's attacks on welfare- Walt Whitman on class-the "quality control" business model in university cuts- the myth of the "peace process" in the middle east- Brecht's Mother Courage translated into Scottish speech- chancellor George Osborne and the BBC- why no spring in Bahrain- Edwin Morgan's funeral- an impartial English judge not so impartial- Glasgow, slave-merchant city- the front line in our living rooms: pro-Nato journalism- Brian Haw and his stand against sanctions. A valedictory poem on "the flag".

The back cover quotes A Barclay's 1530 Eclogues: "For nought is in warfare save care and misery/ Murder and mischief, rapines and cowardice."

Tom Leonard's poems 1965-2009 outside the narrative won the poetry section of the Scottish Book of the Year awards in 2010. For his life's work in poetry he was awarded the Italian N C Kaser poetry prize in December 2012.


ISBN 956628370
ISBN13 9780956628374
Publisher Word Power Books
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/05/2013
Pages 216
Weight (grammes) 650
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 217
Width (mm) 145