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'Littoral Truth: Peter Porter (1929-2010)' by Peter Steele

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June 2010, issue no. 322

'Littoral Truth: Peter Porter (1929-2010)' by Peter Steele

Reviewed by
June 2010, issue no. 322

In an essay on the poetry of George Crabbe, Peter Porter wrote, ‘It is a great pleasure to me, a man for the littoral any day, to read Crabbe’s description of the East Anglian coast.’ Happily, there is by now a substantial and various array of writings about Porter’s work, and I would like simply to add that his being, metaphorically, ‘a man for the littoral’, with all its interfusions, is one of his distinguishing qualities, and something to rejoice in. Coastlands, and marshes, are essential to his intellect and to his imagination. He may never have had one foot in Eden, but he did rejoice in a plurality of territories.

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