The title poem of The Silence is a meditation on Sibelius and the thirty years he spent grappling with an eighth symphony that he eventually burned The poem is emblematic of a broader concern with the mystery of the creative process, explored in the work of other artists but also grappled with first hand, in the composition of poems Death, that most emphatic of silences, is a recurring theme but so too is the bright potentiality of the unknown, the beyond A tribute to the late Dennis O Driscoll is, among other things, a bold meditation on hope Elsewhere, Greening visits the Peak District, the Ancient Egypt of Nebamun, Sibelius s Finland, and the vanished settlements beneath Heathrow Airport. Read The Silence – heartforum.co.uk
John Greening was born in 1954 and studied at the universities of Swansea, Mannheim and Exeter He reviews for the TLS and has won several major honours including an Arvon Prize, the Bridport Prize, a Cholmondeley Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Scottish Arts Council Award He has written twelve poetry collections, studies of British and Irish poets, and the recent Poetry Masterclass 2011.
- 120 pages
- The Silence
- John Greening
- 15 January 2018 John Greening