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Holy Toledo!, Paperback / softback Book

Holy Toledo! Paperback / softback

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Shortlisted for the 2017 Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize For Second Collections.

Sometime during the twentieth century, the self-mythology of the literary critic fused with that of the cowboy: lone outriders practising a defunct trade.

In Holy Toldedo! John Clegg tracks the critic's silhouette over the dangerous, sun-drenched landscapes of New Mexico, California, Nashville, Utah, Oxford, Cambridge, and London.

Here is Donald Davie listening to gospel radio in a Nashville taxi, and here is F.

R. Leavis standing on a chair, 'unscrewing instead the world from round the lightbulb'.

Vistas of bristlecone and citrus groves, pocked with fruit flies and rain birds, fuse with the glib-core of Oxbridge England, the university science labs where 'all three entrances felt like the back way'.

Holy Toledo! is a history of English literary criticism in the twentieth century, a bestiary of the American Southwest, an unreliable guide to the desert.

Generous, humorous, happily askew, Clegg's first Carcanet collection signals the flourishing of an 'emerging' poet as a major voice.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781784102609

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