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Combining lush Gothic lyricism with postmodern experimentation, Oliver Sheppard's second collection of verse, Thirteen Nocturnes, presents a nightmare vision of a world in the grip of apocalypse and shadow-a world where "a nighttime of years never-ending" becomes "a darkness severe and unbending," and where life is relentlessly "gathered up against the towering shadow of d ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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I am one of those people who loves gothic, horror, deep and dark places and anything surrounding it. Always have been so this book spoke to me, I just loved the poetry and the way it made me feel. Sometimes it's hard to understand what they are talking about - but as a student of literature, that is exactly what poetry is supposed to do - confuse you, make you think and come to your own conclusion. It's always open to interpretation. One of my favorite quotes from this book is "the starry rose-p ...more
I have fallen in love with this work. Excellent poetry reflects the golden age of gothic literary pieces. I don't want to compare this to other well-known poets and writers as it is its own stand-alone piece because of the style of the poet himself. I have recommended this book to several others I knew enjoyed this kind of poetry. The poems were enlightening, intelligent, thoughtful, and even dark, which I appreciate. I highly recommend this book to anyone that might hesitate on purchasing, this ...more
An important poet who does not come from the stifling environs of academia. The dark and haunting poems have a timeless quality. They are at once modern and suited for today's more discerning readers, and firmly rooted in the traditions of yore. The best poems in this gathering are on the level of Blake and Dickinson.
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