Collected Poems I 1961-1981 by Peter Porter & Collected Poems II 1984-1999 by Peter Porter

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July 1999, no. 212

Collected Poems I 1961-1981 by Peter Porter

Oxford University Press, $69.9S pb

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Collected Poems II 1984-1999

by Peter Porter

Oxford University Press, $69.9S pb

Collected Poems I 1961-1981 by Peter Porter & Collected Poems II 1984-1999 by Peter Porter

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July 1999, no. 212

Peter Porter first came to prominence nearly forty years ago as an ironic, tough, rather dandyish poet who wore his Australian expatriatism with a flair and who kept his poetic distance on a London which enthralled and appalled him. He came out with striking lines like ‘I am only the image I can force upon the town’ – all glitter and brittleness – but he was also the kind of poet who could produce the sort of set pieces which seemed to sum up the world of a London which was swinging almost as if it was on a gibbet: ‘All the boys are howling to take the girls to bed’ is the promising opening of ‘John Marston Advises Anger’ which evokes with, yes, sub-Jacobean panache, a time and a place intimately known but still half strange and riddled with the glamour of the stage set, the rhetoric of the nothingness of where it’s at.

Peter Craven reviews 'Collected Poems I 1961-1981' and 'Collected Poems II 1984-1999' by Peter Porter

Collected Poems I 1961-1981

by Peter Porter

Oxford University Press, $69.9S pb

Book Cover 2 Small

Collected Poems II 1984-1999

by Peter Porter

Oxford University Press, $69.9S pb

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