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Records of an Incitement to Silence By Gregory Woods

Records of an Incitement to Silence by Gregory Woods

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In this new collection from gay cultural historian and literary critic Gregory Woods, individuals seek, find and lose love in a world united in strife and riven by desire.

Records of an Incitement to Silence Summary

Records of an Incitement to Silence by Gregory Woods

Gregory Woods is the leading British critic and historian of gay literature. He has published five previous Carcanet poetry collections, the first being We Have The Melon (1992). Ten years in the making, Records of an Incitement to Silence revisits many of the original themes, but here Woods brings them closer to the endgame. The sequence of stripped-down, unrhymed sonnets, and the longer poems that accentuate it, suggest a missing narrative: the growth of the individual in a world of upheaval, the search for and loss of love, the formation of memories, the limits of what can truthfully be said, the traces we leave and the chance of their survival. 'One of my creative habits,' Woods writes, 'is the wringing-out of a single form until it's bone dry: the unrhymed sonnets; the monosyllabic syllabics of the long poem Hat Reef Loud; the incompatible yoking-together of iambic pentameter and dactylic trimeter in the long poem No Title Yet.' His formal stringency intensifies the poems' emotional and erotic charge, their celebration and their plaint.

Records of an Incitement to Silence Reviews

'The late, great Peter Porter once observed that Gregory Woods was probably the most accomplished of contemporary formalist poets, which, if you pause to think where such praise comes from, is not merely a copper-bottomed endorsement but outstandingly generous. And yet it's no more than Woods deserves. Look on his work, ye formalists, and despair... His work invites comparison with the best of Robert Graves... I can't think of any poet who so adroitly manages what is often tricky, even recalcitrant, material.' - John Lucas, London Grip

About Gregory Woods

Gregory Woods was born in Egypt in 1953, and brought up in Ghana. He is the author of Articulate Flesh: Male Homoeroticism and Modern Poetry (1987), A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition (1998) and Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World (2016), all from Yale University Press. His essay collection The Myth of the Last Taboo: Queer Subcultural Studies was published by Trent Editions (2016). In addition to his six main poetry collections, all with Carcanet, chapbooks of his have been published by Shoestring Press and Sow's Ear Press. Woods has two doctorates from the University of East Anglia (1983, 2006). He began his teaching career at the University of Salerno in 1980. In 1998 he became the first Professor of Gay & Lesbian Studies in the UK, at Nottingham Trent University, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and has held two Hawthornden Fellowships (1999, 2008).

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NGR9781800171282
9781800171282
1800171285
Records of an Incitement to Silence by Gregory Woods
New
Paperback
Carcanet Press Ltd
20210729
120
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