Holy Toledo!

John Clegg

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd

Published: 26-05-2016

£9.99

The crisp, hilarious, deeply moving lyrics of John Clegg are precisely formal, carefully gauged, the unsettling gothic elements aspects of a warm humanity of outlook. He is a gifted performer of his work, and a significant bookseller.

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Shortlisted for the 2017 Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize For Second Collections. Sometime during the twentieth century, the self-mythology of the literary critic fused with that of the cowboy: lone outriders practising a defunct trade. In Holy Toldedo! John Clegg tracks the critic’s silhouette over the dangerous, sun-drenched landscapes of New Mexico, California, Nashville, Utah, Oxford, Cambridge, and London. Here is Donald Davie listening to gospel radio in a Nashville taxi, and here is F. R. Leavis standing on a chair, ‘unscrewing instead the world from round the lightbulb’. Vistas of bristlecone and citrus groves, pocked with fruit flies and rain birds, fuse with the glib-core of Oxbridge England, the university science labs where ‘all three entrances felt like the back way’. Holy Toledo! is a history of English literary criticism in the twentieth century, a bestiary of the American Southwest, an unreliable guide to the desert. Generous, humorous, happily askew, Clegg’s first Carcanet collection signals the flourishing of an ’emerging’ poet as a major voice.

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Weight 0.113 kg
Dimensions 8 × 138 × 216 mm
Page Count 64