Stations of the Heart


Powerful and evocative poems of love, loss, and memory which range from contemporary England to a Scottish childhood, from the State of England to the pieties and pressures of growing up in a religious culture in which expression and pleasure were highly problematic. The poems are technically accomplished, using traditional forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, as well as free verse, but coming back again and again to the base line, the industry standard, of the ten-syllable line. The influences of Heaney, Larkin, W.S. Graham and the Romantic tradition are evident, as well as the more recent influences of the richly gifted younger generation of Scottish poets born around the early 1960s. Other aesthetic co-ordinates are provided by Vermeer, Stanley Spencer and Alfred Wallis, with a visit to the grave of John Keats in Rome providing one of the collection’s defining moments. A strong theme in the collection is the intimacies of family life, with tender and at times anguished recollections of parents, moving celebrations of fatherhood, and often humorous and down to earth poems about relationships in the context of modern professional life. In the spirit of the Romantic tradition, different places often provide the settings for moments of insight or resolution with nature acting as a constant backdrop of reassurance that whatever darkness there may be, it is not the darkness of the abyss, but the darkness before dawn.

Table of contents

Under the White Horse
A World Fit to Live In
The Halt
The Show
Cley Hill
Songs of the Plough
A Short Life of W. S. Graham
Stanley Spencer in Port Glasgow
At Newark Castle, Firth of Clyde
Dream Calendar
Clyde Square
Elegy for my Grandmother
Two Photographs of my Father
The Flask
The Golf Years
My Parents’ Bed
Sunday Nights
Sunday Morning in Coronation Gardens
At Stourhead in my Fortieth Year
The Lacemaker
On Chesil Beach
Surfers at Freshwater West
Alfred Wallis, Painter
Autumn Notebook
First Signs of Spring
House Warming
Les Arrivistes
The Prodigal
The Singer
The Old Bathers
Stations of the Heart
Early Morning on the Lake

Nøkkelord: Poesi

    Raymond Friel: Stations of the Heart
  • Forlag: Salt Publishing
  • Utgivelsesår: 2008
  • Merknad: Raymond Friel was born in Greenock in 1963. After graduatin g from Glasgow University he moved to England and qualified as a teacher. His poems have been widely published in reviews and magazines. His collections include Bel-Air (1993), Seeing the River (1995), Renfrewshire in Old Photographs (2000) and A World Fit to Live In (2005). He co-edited the review Southfields and ran Southfields Press for a number of years. He lives with his wife and three sons in Somerset. He is the headteacher of a secondary school in Bath
  • Kategori: Poesi
  • Lagerstatus:
    Ikke på lager
  • Antall sider: 80
  • ISBN: 9781844714681
  • Innbinding: Innbundet