My own opinion, for what it's worth, is that 'Malcolm Mooney's Land' is his
best book, 'The Nightfishing' has some exquisite passages but is not,
methinks, quite there, the ghost of Dylan Thomas is still hovering around.
I do like the idea of an annotated edition being brought out, it has the
overtone of respectability which in a way is quite a funny conjunction to
Sidney Graham ( I know some stories, believe me). It also reminds me of that
stock joke about 'death being a career move' for a poet.
A Chide's Alphabet
Painting Without Numbers
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robin Hamilton" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 10:05 AM
Subject: Re: Presiding Spirits
> I agree that Graham was a late developer. While he valued his early work
> highly, I (like many) date his maturity from 'The Nightfishing' (1955).
> is widely regarded as his masterpiece;
I'll have to have another try at it.
> Faber have a
> re-edited (and newly annotated) 'Collected Poems of W.S. Graham' scheduled
> for release in May 2003. The editor is the poet Matthew Francis, who also
> has a critical study nearing completion. The Francis edition will replace
> 'Collected Poems 1942-1977', which was seen through the press personally
> Graham in 1979, shortly before he died of cancer.
Good new that Matthew Francis will be bringing out an annotated edition ...
But at what price ? :-(
[Do you know if MF is on this list, or just british-poets? R.]