Muscovy by Matthew Francis


byMatthew Francis

Kobo ebook | April 30, 2013

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Like his acclaimed Mandeville (2008), Matthew Francis's fourth Faber collection explores a world of marvels, real and fantastic. A man takes off for the moon in an engine drawn by geese, a poltergeist moves into a remote Welsh village, and a party of seventeenth-century Englishmen encounter the wonders of Russia - sledges, vodka, skating and Easter eggs. The scientist Robert Boyle basks in the newly discovered radiance of phosphorus (the noctiluca of the title) and the theme of light in darkness is taken up by the more personal poems in the book: phoneboxes, streetlamps, moonlight. The joys of the world and of the imagination find their equivalent in Francis's joy in the possibilities of language:

'A basket of snow for the Empress / with a poem of
modest triumph: / I made this out of what does not last.'

Title:MuscovyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 30, 2013Publisher:Faber & FaberLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0571297366

ISBN - 13:9780571297368

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Muscovy One of those rare phenomenon found by accident and enjoyed with an an intensity that is forever.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Muscovy Muscovy, by Matthew Francis, is simply the most eloquent and beautiful book of poetry I have read written by a contemporary poet. He reaches to the heights of Eliot, with a use of language that rivals Dylan Thomas. Remember this name: Matthew Francis. He will be a literary giant.
Date published: 2014-01-23