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Nobody's Ezekiel
Christopher Middleton




Hopewell
2015 • 58
pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-54-5



“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... [continued in Reviews below]”—Guy Davenport,

Brilliant and exacting

“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 poet.”
—Guy Davenport

“A magnificent collection . . . from syntactical organization and vocabulary to the span of his intellectual sympathies his voice is unique.”
The Guardian (of Collected Later Poems)

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Reviews / Endorsements

“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

“Middleton's work is at once rich and sparse, elegantly economic in its subtle shifts from discrete object to discrete object, yet, by contrast with mainstream English realism, striking for the boldness and brio of its imaginings.”—Terry Eagleton

“A magnificent collection. From syntactical organization and vocabulary to the span of his intellectual sympathies, his voice is unique.”—The Guardian

“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

From the Book:

“Reading Longinus Again”

Sappho got it right;
fontanelle and sex do not
interpenetrate. Really
I have seen people, grown intact,
practice a singular
skill, they walk about, they work
in wave patterns of their own.

Bring on the wedding throne;
bring on the island in the sun,
and the sweat is drawn from a body
even by admiration.
Let the sublime come by;
one day I'll see fit
to sense the moving spirit.



CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON’S prior works include The Balcony Tree (1992), Intimate Chronicles, and The Word Pavilion: New and Selected Poems published by Sheep Meadow Press. His Collected Poems was published in 2008.



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