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Jilted City

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From short lyric pieces to long poetic sequences, moving elegies to playful translations, this collection explores how a sense of place and displacement are often unexpectedly connected. The poems, written both formally and in free verse, move from old and new Europe to the open spaces of North America and the urban frenzy of its cities, traveling in dreamlike journeys and ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published March 25th 2010)
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Patrick McGuiness is an anglophone writer and poet partly from Belgian extraction. Jilted City is his second collection of poetry, published in 2010. I reviewed his earlier Canals of Mars here.

The book's title is drawn from its motto by a Belgian painter, Henri Thomas: "O mémoire, cité trahie" ("O memory, jilted city"). This sets the elegiac, wry tone for a rather eclectic collection of poems. Its centre of gravity is a cycle titled Blue Guide, in which the writer makes a journey along railway l
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Born in Tunisia in 1968 to a Belgian French-speaking mother and an English father of Irish descent, he grew up in Belgium and also lived for periods in Venezuela, Iran, Romania and the UK. He currently lives in Oxford and in Wales teaching French and Comparative Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford.
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