A Company of Ghosts:
by Christopher Middleton
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Christopher Middleton is a poet for our moment: angry, denunciatory, fed up with the status quo. But he's not a young Occupier or Tea Party supporter. Middleton is an eighty-five-year-old Englishman living in Texas, and his most recent volume, A Company of Ghosts, is approximately his twenty-fourth book of poems. (Sometimes he publishes poetry and prose in the same volume, or publishes translations of other writers' work alongside his own.) Middleton is a master of distinctly adult anger, free of clamor or whine, and the steady flame of it flares up repeatedly in A Company of Ghosts.
While Middleton writes with bitter indignation about his military experiences in World War II, even a poem like "The Game of Conkers," a bucolic poem on boyhood, is colored not just by the benign savagery of children, but also by an
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