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Reading Moby-Dick and Various Other Matters is my most recent full-length collection. The publisher, Leafe Press, described it thus:

These poems are funny and profound, witty and emotional in a rare mix made possible by Martin Stannard's skill with the nuance and complexities of language. The poet engages with Herman Melville, various Chinese poets and their (mis)translators, the American mystic Thomas Merton and others in poetry that fuses an acerbic British sensibility with the verve and humour of the New York school.

Writing about the long title poem, Rupert Mallin said that “Distance and intimacy, time and memory, great philosophy and the mundane play off against each other as they entwine. Here is an exceptional poem to be read over and over.”

The book is available here.

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