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Open World: collected poems 1960–2000

by Kenneth White

Kenneth White has long enjoyed an eminent international reputation and is now increasingly recognised in his own land as one of Scotland’s finest poets and most creative thinkers. This book is the first collection to show the full sweep of his vision from his earliest work to the present day. And that vision is remarkably consistent with the same elements recurring again and again – rocks, sea, mist, gulls and the natural world. The sheer assortment of influences reflects the extraordinary range and depth of his reading – Rimbaud, Nietzsche, and Whitman amongst many others – and it is a measure of the strength of his work that such a personal voice emerges.

The book is arranged chronologically and many of the poems are appearing in English for the first time. Annotated and introduced by the author, this collection for the first time presents his poetry as a coherent and cross-referenced whole.

Kenneth White now lives in France, having held the Chair of XXth century Poetics at the Sorbonne from 1983 to 1996. In 1989 he founded the International Institute of Geopoetics. He is the author of numerous books including On Scottish Ground and House of Tides with Polygon.

‘a compelling and captivating intellectual project of impressive long term coherence’
– Catherine Lockerbie, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival

‘It seems we are looking for a new prophet. It could be that White is the very man’
– The Sunday Times

‘Kenneth White lifts the mind from so much stale discourse and raises intelligence to a rare level’ – Le Figaro

Open World: collected poems 1960–2000

ISBN / Product Code: 9781904598015

Format: Paperback

Length: 708 pages

Availability: To order

Price: $A 49.95

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