Poetry from Christopher Hampton
These poems persistently cross the borderlines of time and place and history in search of renewal in 'a darkened and damaged universe', where 'the broken imperatives of promise' so often seem to end in defeat. Here, faced by the uncertainties of what is now being described, in the bankrupt language of Western propaganda, as a new world order, the road-maps and signposts that might point us forward are few and obscure. With 'disciplined passion', resisting the brutalist contempt of the 'killers of community', the poems pursue 'itineraries of hope' that enable the poet to celebrate all that 'remains from a lifetime undefeated.'
'A set of extraordinarily impressive poems,
writing that straightaway demands respect for its assuredness of tone,
its deeply-thoughtful and passionate commitment, its honest and courageous
political plain-speaking...This is a deeply-caring and honest poet.
Every politician should be obliged to read this compelling collection
of poems and sit a test on it. It is one of those collections one immediately
wants to share with everyone. It's a book I feel I've been waiting for.'