Selected Poems of Malcolm Lowry: City Lights Pocket Poets Number 17

Selected Poems of Malcolm Lowry: City Lights Pocket Poets Number 17

By: Lawrence Ferlinghetti (preface_author)Paperback

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While famous for his celebrated novel, Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry always considered himself a poet. First published in 1962 and long out of print, Selected Poems of Malcolm Lowry is the only comprehensive selection of his poetry to be published, and it remains the perfect introduction to his extensive poetic canon. Edited by Lowry's good friend, renowned Canadian poet Earle Birney, with the assistance of his widow, Margerie Lowry, the selection includes extraordinary poems written during Lowry's stay in Mexico, many of which are closely related to his novel. This new edition includes a "Publisher's Note" from Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "These poems would be worth keeping in print, if for no other reason, for their illuminations of Under the Volcano: 'See mind's petal / torn from a good tree, but where shall it settle / But in the last darkness and at the end?' Sometimes, as the images of "For Under the Volcano," they become 'palm-of-the-hand' versions of that masterpiece. Lowry is a poet of struggle--with life, and with the creative process. Here are his struggle's fruits: guilt, alcoholism, hopeless, self-deriding quest for salvation, which seems to be love, and, above all, self-destruction--but always accomplished with self-knowledge, enriched (in order to further torment itself) with compassion for all the beings that the poet, and us with him, are failing. His words are always sad and often beautiful."-William T. Vollman

About Author

Malcolm Lowry (1909--1957) was a British novelist and poet whose masterpiece Under the Volcano is widely hailed as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Born near Liverpool, England, Lowry grew up in a prominent, wealthy family and chafed under the expectations placed upon him by parents and boarding school. He wrote passionately on the themes of exile and despair, and his own wanderlust and erratic lifestyle made him an icon to later generations of writers. Earle Birney (1904-1995) was a distinguished Canadian poet novelist, who twice won the Governor General's Award, Canada's top literary honor, for his poetry.

Contents

Contents Introduction 7 THE ROAR OF THE SEA AND THE DARKNESS No Kraken shall be found till sought by name 11 Look out! The bloody bosun! 12 Byzantium 13 Old freighter in an old port 14 Iron cities 15 The flowering past 16 The ship is turning homeward 17 The lighthouse invites the storm 18 Tashtego believed Red 19 Vigil Forget 20 The days like smitten cymbals of brass 21 THUNDER BEYOND POPOCATEPETL Thunder beyond Popocatepetl 22 For Under the Volcano 23 Xochitepec 25 The Volcano is Dark 26 Grim vinegarroon 27 In the Oaxaca Jail 28 For the love of dying 29 Death of a Oaxaquenan 30 In a Mexican church 31 Delirium in Vera Cruz 32 Sunrise 33 THE CANTINAS Prayer for drunks 34 Thirty-five mescals in Cuautla 35 Eye-opener 36 No company but fear 37 No time to stop and think 38 Comfort 38 Without the nighted wyvern 39 The drunkards 40 At the bar 40 Sestina in a Cantina 41 VENUS Venus 45 Fragment 46 A New Ship 47 A poem of God's mercy 47 A quarrel 49 No still path 50 Nocturne 51 Saint Malcolm among the birds 52 Happiness 53 Be patient for the wolf 54 THE COMEDIAN The Comedian 56 Men with coats thrashing 57 Thoughts while drowning 58 Queer poem 59 Poem 59 Midtown pyromaniac 60 Injured stones 61 Epitaph 62 SONGS FROM THE BEACH : ERIDANUS Kingfishers in British Columbia 63 Christ walks in this infernal district too 64 Whirlpool 65 Hostage 65 T he glaucous-winged gull 66 The ship sails on: for Nordahl Grieg 67 The wounded bat 68 The past 69 The pilgrim 70 The wild cherry 71 THE LANGUAGE OF MAN'S WOE Rilke and Yeats 72 Thoughts to be erased from my destiny 73 Joseph Conrad 74 Trinity 74 The doomed in their sinking 75 Eels 76 The plagiarist 76 He liked the dead 77 After publication of Under the Volcano78 The search 78 Strange type 79

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  • ISBN13: 9780872867291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 112
  • ID: 9780872867291
  • weight: 114
  • ISBN10: 0872867293

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