Some of my favourite 2nd hand bookshops are merely higher street charity retailers, or domestically operate 2nd-hand suppliers that haven’t experienced a dusting in several years. It is some thing about the mystery that is so compelling, and there have been quite a few periods where I have picked up a reserve by an author I have under no circumstances read the name of prior to. A lot of the time it matters far more whether I like the come to feel and body weight of a reserve than the name on the deal with in conditions of what I get.


Initial on the checklist, which I’m at this time examining, is Thom Gunn’s ‘The Man With The Night Sweats’. The blurb promises themes ‘both intimate and social’, with the very last couple poems ‘about the deaths of good friends from AIDS’. A 1990’s Faber duplicate weighing in at 88 webpages, I think this is one particular of the very first editions of this collection.

Also in the Faber portion of the haul is T.S. Eliot’s ‘Selected Poems’, a considerably far more weathered library duplicate. When opened at property, I discovered the reserve experienced a web site of a further reserve – Eliot’s poem ‘Landscapes’ meticulously minimize out and put inside of this text. I questioned if the staff experienced recognized and still left it there. Faber’s ‘Modern Poets Five’ consists of a checklist of names I do not recognise but am enthusiastic to read. Edited by Jim Hunter, the text consists of brief biographies on each author as properly as a couple notes to enable the understanding of the poems.


A comparable discover, ‘Penguin Present day Poets 9’ has made its way to my property, like poetry by Denise Levertov, Kenneth Rexroth, and William Carlos Williams, exhibiting this text’s age, which was very first published in 1967. Yet another Penguin sequence I have turn into fascinated in is the Penguin Present day European Poets, which promises to existing ‘the work of important poets of this century for visitors unfamiliar with the first languages’. This time, I picked up Eugenio Montale, a further new name for me.

The two more substantial, solo collections I picked up are William Blake, and John Betjeman’s Gathered Poems. William Blake is a classroom favourite, but this reserve consists of far more than just Tracks of Innocence and Knowledge, and I am searching ahead to raising my awareness of Blake’s poetry. John Betjeman’s poetry is unfamiliar to me, but I was bought on the reserve right after examining a couple stanzas of Winter season Seascape.


I also picked up a collection of Eighteenth Century Verse, which I think will observe on properly from learning seventeenth century poetry very last semester.

It will not be probable for me to evaluate or compose about all of these guides, and selected authors these types of as William Blake have been carried out to demise previously. But, all those that I come to feel are worth commenting on will obtain their destinations, even if it is only in my close of the month spherical up.

Right until again…


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