In John Updike's Room: New and Selected Poems by Christopher WisemanIn John Updike's Room: New and Selected Poems by Christopher Wiseman

In John Updike's Room: New and Selected Poems

byChristopher Wiseman

Paperback | August 31, 2005

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Chris Wiseman stayed at the Marine Hotel in North Berwick, Scotland, in 2000, about eighteen months after the American novelist John Updike. Wiseman believes he stayed in the same room as that in which Updike is reported to have watched High Society (1956). Here Wiseman collects his best work, alongside a section of new and previously unpublished poetry. Described by Lee Shedden of The Calgary Herald as `a testament to a lifetime of dedication to the poet's craft,' In John Updike's Room won the City of Calgary's W.O. Mitchell Award in 2006.

Born and educated in Britain, Christopher Wiseman came to Canada in 1969. He taught at the University of Calgary, where he founded the Creative Writing programme, until his retirement in 1997. His poetry, short fiction and critical writings have been published and broadcast extensively in Canada, Britain and the United States. His poet...
Title:In John Updike's Room: New and Selected PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.76 × 5.59 × 0.76 inPublished:August 31, 2005Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842736

ISBN - 13:9780889842731

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtful and well-crafted poems The primary subject matter of Christopher Wiseman's poems is nostalgia, remembering in particular his own boyhood in England. The poetry is accessible yet well-wrought, not sloppy or rambling. This book was awarded the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize for the best book by a Calgary writer in the year 2005.
Date published: 2006-08-02

Table of Contents

New Poems

Margaret Gill's Quiet Life
In John Updike's Room
When My Parents Danced the Tango
That Night at the Palais
Little Sketch, with shoe
The Place Left Behind
Postcards on My Window-ledge
Granddaughter, First Meeting
Mac Duncan, Trombonist
Givings and Takings As We Age
At The Hospice
To A Lost Grandchild
Four Silk scarves I Bought
Monument Valley
North Berwick Law
Old Couple Sitting
Hot and Fast, with Echoes

from Waiting for the Barbarians (1971)

In The Basement
Philistine at the Ballet
The Academic
The Garden
Winter Song
Past Loves

from The Barbarian File (1974)

Love Poem
The Cougar Poem
He Remembers

from The Upper Hand (1981)

Disused Airfield 2
The Field
To A German Pilot
At Rievaulx Abbey
In Highweek Churchyard
Filey Brig 1975
At the Pool
On A Painting by L. S. Lowry
The Shrine
Remembering Dorset

from An Ocean of Whispers (1982)

Elegy for Bing and the Duke
Elvis Dead
The Fighter lotters
Calgary 2 a.m.
Needlework Sampler
Ash Tray

from Postcards Home: Poems New and Selected (1988)

Mrs. Rowley
The Bell
Postcards Home
Dead Angels
My Son, a Ball, the Years
In The Banff Springs Hotel
Kensington Gardens, May 1982
Bedside Manners

from Missing Persons (1989)

Old Songs Back Again
Taking the Words with You
I'll Have You to Remember
Saturdays and Mr. Sidi
The Curious Death of Billy Smart's Circus
Words for Mrs. Kibble
The Fall and After
Sketch, by Son and Nephew
Reunion, Age 79
Beneath the Visiting Moon
Leutnant Strobel Is Just One of Them
Interior with Woman
These Images Are Mine
Stinsford, the Hardy Graves
Glasgow, 1964
School Photograph
Against the Dying of the Light

from Remembering Mr. Fox (1994)

Out of Season
Remembering Mr. Fox
The White Door
Suite for My Uncle
Prayer Tree, Haworth Church
Old Fingers, Shining Rings
A Letter, Long Delayed, to Doris Day
Revelations 3
Limitations of the Missionary Position
Cards from Scarborough
Tea Dances, My Father's Motorbike
Scarborough Bay
Contract Not Renewed
Cemetery Near Beiseker, Alberta
Phone Calls Home

from Crossing the Salt Flats (1999)

All Those Years Next Door
Elegy for an Alto Sax
Two Loves Had I
Finish Line
On Julia's Clothes
Standing by Stones
By the Mississippi
Village Cemetery, Scotland
For Charlotte Dunn
Unconsecrated Ground
Departure Gate
Hearing Sirens
At the Bomber Command Memorial
Grandfather, The Somme, An Invoice
The Gravediggers
Bird Sanctuary -- A Memory of My Father
April Elegy
By The River
Soccer Coach
Not My Department



Editorial Reviews

`By turns funny, elegiac, wry and tender, In John Updike's Room stands as a testament to a lifetime of dedication to the poet's craft, a book anyone could be proud to submit to posterity.'