Henry Reed

I don’t know why I have The Collected Poems of Henry Reed on my shelves. It’s inscribed with “much love” from my brother (the littler one) in 1994.

Possibly because of its five Lessons of War, of which you are certainly familiar with Naming of Parts and possibly also with Judging of Distances and Movement of Bodies and Unarmed Combat and Returning of Issue.

Not completely sure why Naming of Parts is so much more famous than the other four parts, but for my part, I blame the japonica. Look at it. How could one not.

Apart from a fascination with Verona, a great deal about houses and fields, woods, gardens and walls and encounters with overwrought exhausting literary figures such as Tristan & Iseult, Antigone and Philoctetes, we have The Auction Sale from Henry Reed. His reviewer for this collection calls it his “most ambitious exploration of the landscape of desire.”  For my part, I call it one of those things that stick to your heart.

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3 thoughts on “Henry Reed

  1. steef says:

    Your littler brother (and you) have exquisite taste in poetry. But then, I’m biased. It’s worth noting that Professor Stallworthy released Reed’s “The Auction Sale” as a Grenville Press pamphlet earlier this year.

  2. *Love* your website. Biased or not, glad someone has put all that together. Thanks for stopping by. Nic

  3. [...] Reed has been a favorite of mine for many years and yesterday I was reminded of him at Kathleen Kirk’s blog [...]

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