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One More Civil Gesture
- Christopher Simons (Senior Associate Professor of British Literature at International Christian University)
Professor Christopher Simons introduces his first full-length book of poems, One More Civil Gesture (Isobar Press, 2015). Dr. Simons is an award-winning British-Canadian poet who has lived in Japan since 2006. This book explores interactions between cultures including the UK, Japan, Myanmar, and Mongolia.
With something of Ted Hughes’s unflinching power, allied to a troubled compassion, Chris Simons draws on a richly diverse range of subjects in poems that deal with the devastations and losses of the present, the past, and prehistory…. This is an impressive first volume. – Michael O’Neill
Beneath the formal gestures in C. E. J. Simons’ debut collection, there resides a great sense of loss that threatens to undo each poem from within…. These poems are an attempt at holding on to details – of a turtle’s body, sea urchins, his lover – trying to resist as ‘time picks history clean as a carcass / scavenged down to its armature’. – Mariko Nagai
Dr. Simons will give a reading from the book, and discuss the interactions of Japanese culture and poetic form with English-language poetry. He will be signing copies of the book, which will be on sale at the event.
Senior Associate Professor of British Literature at International Christian University
C. E. J. (Christopher) Simons is Senior Associate Professor of British Literature at International Christian University, Tokyo. He holds a D.Phil in British Romanticism from Lincoln College, Oxford, and in 2003 he held the Harper-Wood Studentship in Creative Writing at St John’s College Cambridge. He has published on Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Yeats, Emily Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath, most recently contributing a chapter to the Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth (Oxford University Press, 2015). He has previously published two poetry pamphlets with wordwolf press—Progress Bar (2010) and No Distinguishing Features (2011)—and his poems have won prizes in UK competitions, including the Bridport Prize, the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and the Wigtown Competition. His criticism and poetry have appeared in publications including the Independent, Isis, Magma, Oxford Poetry, PN Review, and The Times Literary Supplement.