Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Poems of Basil Bunting (2016)

Available now from Faber and Faber

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New Statesman Book of the Year, 2016

Sunday Times of London Book of the Year, 2016

London Review Bookshop Poetry Book of the Year: An astonishing scholarly undertaking, beautifully produced and sensitively annotated.

Richard Burton, author of A Strong Song Tows Us: The Life of Basil Bunting: A fantastic achievement.

Rory Waterman, Essays in Criticism: A considerable work of scholarship... the only book of Bunting’s poetry any reader needs.

Jeremy Noel-Tod, The Sunday Times: Splendidly edited.

Paul Batchelor, The Poetry Review: A major event in the literatures of this...archipelago.

            Chris Miller, PN Review: The annotations are magisterially organized.  Well done, Don Share. 

Mark Hutchinson, TLS: Deft and meticulous...  More than fulfills the task he has set for it...  You'll have a field day exploring the notes and commentaries.

Peter Robinson, Poetry London: Don Share has provided a canonical Bunting in a thoroughly convincing and usable edition.  He has done the poet, these poems, and their readers, an invaluable service. 

Matthew Hollis: A rigorous, unquestionably thorough and well-presented piece of scholarship that tells us very much more than we once knew about Bunting's work and working background.

Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers: The book of my dreams!  What a gift to readers.
Peter Quartermain: What an accomplishment this book is!
Steve Silberman: One of the most significant poetry books of the last 25 years.
Devin Johnston: The editing is excellent. This volume cleanly replaces a ragged stack on my shelf of books and photocopies, as well as gaps and question marks. It will be an immensely useful book for me, as Bunting's poetry is always a technical resource (as well as an active pleasure). I'm sure it's bringing new readers to Bunting.

David Wheatley, The Literary Review: Masterfully harvested by Don Share... Bunting has been more than lucky in his editor.

Ian Pople, Manchester Review: This collection of Bunting’s poetry and Don Share’s meticulous editing of them will keep us reading and re-reading the poems for a very long time. 

Anthony Howell, Fortnightly Review: By including anything and everything Bunting wrote about his poems in the annotations, we get to know a lot about the man through Don Share's painstaking scholarship and his discreet editing.
Emily Van Houton, Research English at Durham: Don Share has completed more than just an unprecedented task but a greatly needed one. 
Steven Waling, Write Out Loud: Is it worth the money? I would say, every penny. Basil Bunting was one of the greatest British poets of the 20th century.


Link to errata/corrigenda