Eric Gregory Award Winner The poems in Antler stalk their quarry over difficult ground. Prehistoric landscapes blend with genuine and imaginary anthropology; the real world becomes distorted through the dark mirrors of folktale and myth; fraudsters, liars, and con-men lurk perpetually in the shadows. This panorama is emotional, too, most vividly in the collection's centrepiece: the sequence 'Vaisala and Sinuhe', charting an astronomy professor's infatuation with one of his postgraduate students, who may or may not be a werewolf. Pared-down, playful and often very funny, Clegg's poetry keeps faith with what is tactile and tangible (moss, leather, bone), distilling plainspoken diction, luminous imagery and a unique worldview into lines which remain in the head for a long while after the book has been closed.
John Clegg grew up in Cambridge and currently lives in Durham, where he is completing a PhD on the Eastern European influence in contemporary poetry. A selection of his poetry was included in The Salt Book of Younger Poets (2010).
Leather Antler Moss Piltdown Tributary Myth The Whole Hog Spell for an Orchard Nightgrass A Dead Racehorse Folk Tale Shaman Hunter Wounded Musk Ox Antler Ramon Sije Marimba Music Petrified Forest Fly Embryo Treecreeper The Mysteries Kayaks The Balance Meteor Monolith Inanna Paul's Job Wildfire Luz Wisdom Literature Lace Mermaids Purgatorio Dill The Empty Bottle Seasons in the Frame Shop Theology Glaciology Lure The King of Herring Willow Tit Vaisala and Sinuhe Borders Mosquito Sauna Learning German Tenses Gender The Buried Ox Pheasants Hair Cuts Cosmos The Origin of Man Lace Lies of the Land
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