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Third Day
New and Collected Poems
Grey Gowrie




Sheep Meadow
2013 • 222 pp. 6 1/2 x 9"
Poetry

$21.00 Paperback, 978-1-937679-23-1

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“Grey Gowrie] rages movingly against the dying of the light, covering heroic distances and charting epic struggles in… unflinching and atmospheric pages. Grey Gowrie’s poems... [continued in Reviews below]”—Times Literary Supplement

New and collected poems reflecting events over long periods of the author’s life.

“[Grey Gowrie] rages movingly against the dying of the light, covering heroic distances and charting epic struggles in… unflinching and atmospheric pages. Grey Gowrie’s poems—utterly free from any querulous or self-pitying role—touch the reader’s own heart as they give voice to the ‘poor, bare, forked’ individuals who are enmeshed in the tubes and wires of machine-age medicine.”—Times Literary Supplement

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Reviews / Endorsements

“[Grey Gowrie] rages movingly against the dying of the light, covering heroic distances and charting epic struggles in… unflinching and atmospheric pages. Grey Gowrie’s poems—utterly free from any querulous or self-pitying role—touch the reader’s own heart as they give voice to the ‘poor, bare, forked’ individuals who are enmeshed in the tubes and wires of machine-age medicine.”—Times Literary Supplement

“Gowrie, like Byron, is a wit. I can’t remember when last, if indeed ever, I dared use the ‘masterpiece’ of the work of a contemporary. I do so now . . . ”—Jon Stallworthy, Poetry

“I persuade myself that I can hear in these unusually analytic and civil poems the voice of an intelligentry reaching back to Sir Philip Sidney. A direct, no-nonsense, witty clarity marks them, long or short, and there is no fright but an athletic grace in the face of brute fact,Chimera, and Medusa.”—Christopher Middleton

“Origins cling to us like sexual pain.” Grey Gowrie’s astringent, exhilarating poetry calibrates the movements of an unique sensibility with wit, and the plangency of an enerring awareness. This poet has no illusions about “our corrupt / intelligence” but he knows how “happiness / blooms in small corners” and over and over again creates piercing beauty out of his circumstances, which become ours. The reverberant book of his life is thrilling to read.”—Jonathan Galassi

From the Book:

I want the words to light on your shoulder
like a hand: touch but not take hold.

You understand they are no more than a gesture
between us and I have tuned my voice so low

no one else shall hear them: they are just for you.
Do not mistake them for intimacy however.

We are a long way off still—we have
a long way to go—the words may contain

an immoderate danger: words are so dangerous.
But if we are careful, if we do not make trouble

between us we shall learn to give them a name.



GREY GOWRIE was born in Dublin in 1939. He made his home in Ireland until 1983 when he moved to the Welsh Marches. He taught English and American literature at Harvard and University College London; he has also been a Cabinet minister, Chairman of the Arts Council of England, and Provost of the Royal College of Art.



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