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A major new volume for Hutchinson's most distinguished poet.

Dannie Abse's distinctiveness as a poet lies in his clarity. His distinction lies in his imaginative and feeling responses to a variety of different worlds - work as a doctor, the experience of life in Wales and North London, the mysterious nature of creativity, the Jewish and bardic traditions. His new collection draws on all these strands and is divided between personal experience and more general reflections, often prompted by an urgent awareness of the passing of time, counterpointed with transcendent moments of joy in ordinary things.


His best work in a long life of brilliant writing

Maggie Gee, New Statesman

This marvellous book of poetry

William Oxley, London Magazine

This is a poet writing at the height of his powers

Tony Curtis, The Planet

These poems are brilliant, savage, witty - the work of an old master

Stoddart Martin, Jewish Chronicle

Abse's poems are filled with wonder. He remains one of our few great poets of married love

Elaine Feinstein, The Times

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    April 15, 2006


    80 pages

    RRP $35.00

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Also by Dannie Abse

Ask the Moon
Speak, Old Parrot
Two for Joy
New Selected Poems
The Presence
New And Collected Poems
Goodbye, Twentieth Century


Two for Joy
Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil
The Iliad
Introducing George The Poet
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
The Bone Flowers
Falling Awake
No Map Could Show Them
Song of Myself
The Stairwell
Hippy Dinners
Someone Special
In the Flesh
I Never Knew That About Wales
New Poems Book Four
All Of Us
Christmas Day