Tom poems are devoid of the curse that is sentimentality. At his best Duddy was Philip Larkin without the dismissive attitude to almost the entire human race. In Out the narrator speaks of the and carnal peace I feel/as my thoughts withdraw from the bare,/emblazoned backs of young women out for the night sweep down towards/her [his wife Sheila dear pale hands at rest in her lap, one/cupped inside the other, palm resting open. have long thought that older men who chase young skirts Puma Heart Shoes are attracted, less by the undeniable physical charms of these younger women, than by the fact that, when trying to impress a younger woman, Puma Basket Classic Red
Plato, notoriously, had little time for poets. Tom perhaps suspected that the philosophy crowd might agree with old Plato and expel him from their Republic, or at least banish him to its outskirts, if he came out publicly as a poet.
they feel free to again talk rubbish, rubbish your wife would cut right through. Tom Duddy never had any such interest in talking rubbish and this perfect book is testament to that.
In the opening poem, Appointment in which Tom juxtaposes the birds outside the window who churr, chortle, cawk, bicker/and gurgle in a slow burning/ticking over and idling/of sun triggered energies against the stooping figure inside the window who and forth, back and forth in a secret drawer, scarcely/making a sound, thinking/not to wake me till it time. the narrator is already awake. Most of us make it safely to the grave without ever writing lines as mercilessly honest as these.
In 2011 his first full collection of poems, The Hiding Place, was shortlisted for a number of significant prizes. Tom Duddy, the poet, was on the verge of something when diagnosed with cancer late that same year.
As a poet, he had two essential qualities; he was both a perfectionist and absolutely honest in his writing. And in The Years, a new published posthumous collection from HappenStance Press, much of it written while he was ill, no issue is evaded.
Man who had no interest in talking rubbish
TOM DUDDY, who was taken far too soon by cancer in June 2012, is one of those poets whose work is not as well known as it should be; though those familiar with Duddy poetry hold it in the highest regard. For much of his life Tom read and wrote poetry almost Basket Puma Ice Fade
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in secret. He was a little nervous that his fellow philosophers might see poetry as a frivolous activity when set against the admittedly serious business of working out the meaning of human existence.
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