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In a series of momentary and abruptly discontinuous images, laconic despatches from a warzone, a fictional testimony begins to take shape - an array of different voices giving witness to war and the consequences of war. In its formal mastery of the poetic sequence, Legion is a distinguished successor to David Harsent's previous collection, Marriage.
Paperback, 82 pages
Published August 18th 2005 by Faber & Faber
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Ben Doeh
Feb 21, 2016 Ben Doeh rated it really liked it
All the cliches that heap up around war came to me as I read the 'Legion' section: harrowing, savage, chaotic devastation...
The dust-jacket captures the sensation well "the title-sequence...seem[s] to lock the reader into the crisis along with the protagonists." One feels the excruciating entrapment of war, a permanent state of fear and crisis in which nebulous forces barely distinguishable from the landscape and the weather encroach upon the security of all. Much of the time, we see this world
Jul 13, 2014 Ruby rated it liked it
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Harsent is a good poet and oh, he's got all the images down but to me it seemed as if that made him forget the actual destruction of war, the emotions.

Favourite bit, to keep (last part from Barlock):

I had plaster in my hair that made my whole scalp itch,
he looked like hell, lip bitten through, a raw patch
on the heel of his hand from hammering home the latch.
For an hour or more we could hear the phone and the fax
cross-ringing upstairs: that, and the chiming of clocks
with the incoming overlapping.
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David Harsent has published nine collections of poetry. The most recent, Legion, won the Forward Prize for best collection 2005 and was shortlisted for both the Whitbread Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His Selected Poems appeared from Faber in June 2007, and were shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. His work in music theatre has involved collaborations with a number of composer ...more
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