By Peter Redgrove
Peter Redgrove, who died in 2003, was once some of the most prolific of post-war poets and, as this accrued Poems finds, one of many most interesting. a pal and modern of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath within the early Fifties, Redgrove was once seemed by means of many as their equivalent, and his paintings has been championed by means of a large choice of writers, from Margaret Drabble to Colin Wilson, Douglas Dunn to Seamus Heaney. Ted Hughes as soon as wrote warmly to Redgrove of "how very important you've been to me. You've no concept how much—right from the 1st time we met." during this first Collected Poems, Neil Roberts has accrued jointly the simplest poems from 26 volumes of verse—from The Collector (1959) to the 3 books released posthumously. the result's an unearthed treasure trove—poems that locate new and exciting methods of celebrating the flora and fauna and the human , poems that dazzle with their visible mind's eye, poems that express the large variety and intensity of the poet's paintings. In Redgrove's poetry there's a certain melding of the erotic, the terrifying, the playful, the unusual, and the unusually known; his originality and effort is exceptional in our time and his paintings used to be the paintings of a real visionary.
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88 The firm L. C. Page and Company likewise brushed aside Braithwaite’s efforts, as did editors at The Century, The Atlantic Monthly, Scribner’s, Book News Monthly, Critic, Cosmopolitan, McClure’s, The Independent, The Dial, Outlook, Metropolitan Magazine, and Everybody’s Magazine. An editor at Hampton’s found his poems “charming” but the magazine had a policy of publishing only “militant” and “vigorous” verse. 89 A rejection from the iconic New England magazine Harper’s hit Braithwaite particularly hard.
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