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Skywriting: And Other Poems (New Criterion Series) Hardcover – September 24, 2003


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His poems are among the best in the English language this century. (Hugh Kenner)

Tomlinson's perfected style has been little imitated, but I predict it will come to be seen as one of the major achievements of late twentieth-century English verse. (Times Literary Supplement)

Tomlinson's poetry gives a refreshing rustle or seething to the words which bespeak the entrance of a new life. (William Carlos Williams)

A patient looker at landscape. (Willard Spiegelman)

A master of the craft, his poems have the finality of form which you find only among the first-rate. (Donald Hall)

He is fascinated—with his eyes open: a lucid fascination—at the universal busyness, the continuous generation and degeneration of things. (Octavio Paz)

Tomlinson, 76, is a painter as well as a poet, and his artist's eye serves him well in his poetry.... This book in fact records a well-planned poetic itinerary. (Frank Wilson Philadelphia Inquirer)

Reading Charles Tomlinson makes one acutely aware that there's a whole world outside—and inside too—just waiting to be noticed, and that the more we notice, the more we are enriched. (Chicago Tribune)

A standout. (New York Sun)

Mr. Tomlinson is an eloquent poet of place...whose work combines visual exactitude with an uncommon gracefulness of expression. (The Economist)

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Winner of the third annual New Criterion Poetry Prize, Skywriting and Other Poems is a triumphant book.

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