Damnatio Memoriae: Erased from Memory

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Enitharmon, 2004 - 128 من الصفحات
Damnatio Memoriae opens with an autobiographical sequence of poems in which he evokes post and present loves, the urban landscape of London, and the hidden beauties of the Lea Valley. They are all occasions that point towards the reflections to come on the sacred dimension of love and the evil that arises when this dimension is lost. These reflections become a springboard into the main section of the book, in which Barker draws upon Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Ancient Near Eastern traditions to chart the search of the soul for faith in the face of cynicism, cruelty, corruption, and despair. Damnatio Memoriae is in the highest European tradition of St John of the Cross or the "terrible sonnets" of Gerard Manley Hopkins. It is a salutary reminder that we ignore our spiritual needs at our peril.

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Sebastian Barker was born on April 16, 1945. He studied natural science at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and received a master's degree in English at the University of East Anglia. Besides writing poetry, he worked as a furniture restorer, a carpenter, a fireman and a cataloguer at Sotheby's. His collections of poetry include Damnatio Memoriae, The Erotics of God, The Matter of Europe, and The Land of Gold. In 1997, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He died of a cardiac arrest after suffering from lung cancer on January 31, 2014 at the age of 68.

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