By Tony Harrison,Edith Hall
In this richly different number of Tony Harrison's provocative prose of the final fifty years, the nice poet of web page, level and monitor offers a lifetime's pondering artwork and politics, creativity and mortality. In so doing, he's taking us on a rare trip via languages and throughout continents and millennia, from his Nigerian Lysistrata to the British Raj of his model of Racine's Phèdre, to post-Communist Europe for the movie Prometheus to a one-off functionality of The Kaisers of Carnuntum on the Roman amphitheatre in Austria at the Danube, to the peace camp at Greenham universal, and from a Leeds road bonfire celebrating the defeat of Japan by means of the hot atomic bomb to wines made of the vines on volcanoes.
A choice of paintings full of ardour and humour that educates because it dazzles.
'More than Yeats, Eliot or Auden, greater than someone writing in English this century, and maybe the 2 sooner than that to boot, Harrison has proven that verse drama continues to be a residing creative possibility.' Observer