Thursday, 19 May 2016

Blackwater Quartet (Endgame)

Two years ago I began posting poems here from the book cycle, Blackwater Quartet. The individual series titles, Constructing the Human, Theories of Fugue, Tsunami Muses, and Adventures in the Gothic, together with the single-volume edition (2005) had been out-of-print for several years, though the dedicated reader might stray across a copy in the corner of a bookshop on Charing Cross Road or on a 'rare and out-of-print' internet book site.

The poems were posted in a random sequence. Occasionally, I posted a comment but these were not necessarily to do with the poems. With Selection 117, "Four Last Songs," the series postings are complete (I should add that the "Prologue" to the combined volume appears on its own page elsewhere on this blog.).

To mark the completion, I'm posting a link to the pdf of the complete publisher file, as the poems appeared at the time of publication, although as can be seen on the book's Acknowledgements page many poems had been published individually in their own right in various journals and reviews.

Another book cycle, Relic Environments Trilogy, was published by individual title and in a compilation volume by Cinnamon Press, in Wales (2005-2011). I hope in the future to republish these poems here in the same manner as Blackwater Quartet.

I want to thank everyone, in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, India, Belgium, China, and elsewhere, who have retained an interest in Blackwater Quartet.

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