Getting There

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Getting There


March 1st, 2001

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Matt Simpson’s poetry has among its principal themes one of coming to terms with the past as a way of understanding the present. In the present collection Simpson continues his journey into his family history. He has also been on other travels: there are poems about Japan, Tasmania, Ireland and the Greek islands of Aegina and Leros. Simpson is not shy of big themes. Here are poems about identity, love, death, illness, friendship. Simpson can be tenderly elegiac as well as celebratory, meditative and also humorous.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Another Look12
A Great-Grandfather13
A Great-Grandmother17
My Mother and her Two Brothers23
Their Wedding Photograph24
Sticks and Stones25
Hickory Dickory26
Jolson Sings30
First Day at the Grammar School31
Catching an Old Film on Television32
Days of TEFL33
May 199735
Emma at Seven Months37
Somewhere Down the Line38
No Joke40
For the Man I Used to Go Fishing With42
Fishing in the Grounds of a Therapeutic Community43
Not at his Best45
Dead of Winter46
The Dovecote48
The Idea of Order at Hunts Cross49
Jupiter Optimus Maximus50
Squeezing a Poem out of Me51
Something for Gael Turnbull on his Seventieth Birthday53
Making an Arrangement55
An Invitation to Breakfast from Sydney Smith56
Sez I Sez I in Stephen’s Green59
Seventh Heaven60
At Drumcliff in 199761
Getting There62
Moonlight on Leros64
The Quality of Greek Light66
Scottish Waiter Bringing Squid68
Funerary Monuments, Aegina69
Taking the Hexameter a Walk70
Moonlight on Aegina72
Whalewatching – Vancouver Island73
Seventh-Storey Heaven – Richard le Gallienne (1866-1947)74
Sarah Biffin75
In the Dock Canteen79
On Tape at the Old People’s Home80
Winter Solstice 200181
A Long Way from Home85
Publisher’s note89