famous seventeenth-century Mannerist portraits, the sitter's face is
composed of organic matter. In subordinating a mixture of elements
into an unrelated whole, imagination can transform the medium of
expression itself. Tim Liardet's Arcimboldo's Bulldog: New and
Selected Poems spans nine of his eleven collections award-winning
collections and adds new poems, fresh produce, reconfiguring his
life's work to date ...The book draws on his two T.S. Eliot Prize-shortlisted
collections The Blood Choir (2006) and The World Before Snow (2015).
Vivid images, large abstractions, symbols, allegory, elegy,
provocation, confession, and lyric find a necessary place in his
work. Arcimboldo's Bulldog records achievement and includes a
promissory note towards his next collection.
Tim Liardet’s poetry is a concentration of intelligence, fierce but
accurate feeling and an encompassing imagination…His images surprise and
startle but always engage. Arcimboldo’s Bulldog, his New and
Selected Poems, is the work of an exemplary poet at the top of his
| George Szirtes
I think Tim
Liardet is one of the most accomplished poets now writing in
English in the UK. Indisputably, he is a poet of scrupulous
standards. He is blessed with profound ambition, which singles
him out from his peers.
Robert Minhinnick, New Welsh Review
Poignant, deeply intelligent poems. From “the gongs of lily pads” to
“Self Portrait with Patio Flames”, their beguiling language matches the
originality of their approach to both the surfaces of world and the
depths of family relationships.
Ruth Padel, on The Storm House
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