Chords & Other poems by Sam Hunt

By Tim Upperton In Poetry

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20th July, 2011
Art is long; life is short. If lyric poets, from Sappho to – well, to Sam Hunt – have one theme in common, it’s surely this. Poems outlive their subjects: “So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,/So long lives this, and this gives life to thee,” says Shakespeare. Sam Hunt’s great subject is Sam Hunt, and the poems in his latest collection, Chords, can be seen as memos to the future, “in seventy years, say,/when I’m well up in heaven”. This poem, the first ...

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