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Things Unsaid: New and Selected Poems 1960-2005by Tony Connor
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Things Unsaid' is the author's own choice of poems from a writing career that spans nearly half a century. It draws on seven published collections and includes many uncollected and new poems.
Tony Connor left school at fourteen and worked as a textile designer in Manchester for many years. His poems - often, as he terms it, quasi-autobiographical - combine memory, experience and imagination with firm craftsmanship. The results are remarkable for their precision, their wry humour and broad human sympathies.
Since 1971 Tony Connor has lived partly in Middletown, Connecticut where he was a professor of English at Wesleyan University. His plays have been performed on both sides of the Atlantic. He now divides his time between Middletown and London.
Career-spanning selection, featuring meditations on life in midwest America, England's industrial north, and India.
Things Unsaidis Tony Connor's own choice of his best poems from a writing career that has spanned half a century and produced eight collections. He eschewed academic tradition and the temptations of literary pretension in favor of a chaste, clear idiom that works wonderfully well as he openly appraises his own life and reveals manifold hidden aspects of ordinary people's lives.
The plainspoken style, the autobiographical content, and the resolutely nonconformist, neighborly tone are hallmarks of his inimitable voice. From the interplay of experience and imagination, he makes poems remarkable for their wry compassion, dramatic flair, and easy grasp of large issues.
About the Author
Born in Manchester, England in 1930 Tony Connor left school at fourteen to help support his mother and sister. He was a tank driver and textile designer before establishing himself, first as a poet, then as a TV writer and librettist. He moved to the States in 1971 to take up the post of Professor of English at Wesleyan University.
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