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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 190056419X, Paperback)Imperium opens with a high seriousness rare in contemporary poetry. Seven sacraments’ meditations on those moments at which the sacred can still touch our lives are followed by nineteen sonnets dedicated to the dismembered spirit’ of the poet’s father. But the collection is dominated by the title poem, a fine successor to the historical sequences which distinguished Hilary Davies’ last collection, In a Valley of This Restless Mind. Using a range of voices and perspectives, she creates a narrative of the Napoleonic Wars, taking us from Chatham Docks to Aboukir, from a Glamorgan foundry to Trafalgar. Here and in the book’s final sequence, Southwark’, which swings between a prehistoric wattenmeer’ and the London of 1958, then back to Roman times via a wonderfully riotous Elizabethan South Bank, Davies satisfies us both emotionally and intellectually, drawing from her historical sources a rich, invigorating music.
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