Afterburner

Peter Porter

Following the terrific success of Max is Missing -- winner of the Forward Prize for best poetry collection -- Peter Porter has produced another book of great power and erudition. Afterburner - the device that provides the extra thrust to a turbojet - is a thoroughly appropriate title for this fuel-injected work. From his lengthening perspective and high vantage, no one is better placed than Porter to give these subtle meditations on art, life and the social mores - and few could manage them with such compassion and humour. Afterburner further enhances his reputation as one of the finest poets writing in English.

Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 978033043436201
Published: 05/11/2004

Peter Porter

Peter Porter

Peter Porter was born in Australia and, though he emigrated to Britain in 1951, he visited his native country often and considered himself part of the poetical worlds of both nations. From 1968 he was a freelance literary journalist and reviewer. He published seventeen books of poems, plus four further volumes with the Australian painter Arthur Boyd. He was married twice and had, with his second wife, nine grandchildren. A friend to the greats - Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes as well as to contemporary writers such as Julian Barnes and Martin Amis, he died in 2010, aged eighty-one.

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