"The Word Pavilion" is a journey, now exuberant, now straggling, into the finite and on to boundlessness. From eight other books of poems the author has selected 110 examples of his art that bear an avian motif, a recurrent theme in much of his work.
CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON was born in Truro, Cornwall, in 1926. He studied at Merton College, Oxford, and then taught at the University of Zurich, at King's College, London, and finally as Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas, Austin. He has published translations of Robert Walser, Nietzsche, Holderlin, Goethe, Gert Hofmann and many others. Over the last two decades Carcanet has published six books of his poems, Intimate Chronicles (1996), one book of his experimental prose and two volumes of essays, as well as his Selected Writings and Faint Harps and Silver Voices, a collection of verse translations.