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Forty Days in the Calypso Saloon & Frescoes with Graffiti
Christopher Middleton




Sheep Meadow
2013 • 136 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$21.00 Paperback, 978-1-937679-25-5



Poet’s poet

“Christopher Middleton’s rare genius for exact observation and metaphysical wit has given us for over half a century now poems of such brilliant craftsmanship and exacting sensibility that a few critics only have dared to assess their magic. He is an incomparable stylist, a wry ironist, a philosopher of words. The only category in which he fits justly is that of a poet.” —Guy Davenport

“Our language has not enjoyed the work of a poet so religious, without the consolations of convention, since the death of Wallace Stevens.”—Graham Christian, Harvard Review

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“Christopher Middleton’s rare genius for exact observation and metaphysical wit has given us for over half a century now poems of such brilliant craftsmanship and exacting sensibility that a few critics only have dared to assess their magic. He is an incomparable stylist, a wry ironist, a philosopher of words. The only category in which he fits justly is that of a poet.” —Guy Davenport

“The stratification of languages and cultures—Hittite, Greek, Byzantine, Ottoman, Turkish—is, I believe, what has lured Middleton repeatedly since the early ‘80s to this vast stretch of land which once comprised the northern arm of the Levant. It has been for the poet a quest in awe of revelation.” —Gabriel Levin

“Our language has not enjoyed the work of a poet so religious, without the consolation of convention, since the death of Wallace Stevens.” —Graham Christian, Harvard Review

His concern to produce an individual structure of perception for every place, thought and experience he writes about results in a ceaseless and challenging originality.—Alan Brownjohn, New Statesman

From the Book:

Still you can see
the Holstein
cart horse

a frozen road,
driven
into the huge

chestnut buttock
an iron spike

and the brimstone
butterfly

at the sea-side
trembling

on the cap
of her lifted knee



CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON has previously published with Sheep Meadow Press: Just Look at the Dancers, A Company of Ghosts, The Tenor on Horseback, Tankard Cat, Of the Mortal Fire, The Word Pavilion, and Intimate Chronicles. He has translated the work of Robert Walser and Gert Hofmann.



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