Poetry Book, Shapes and Sounds by Mervyn Peake


Rare book

A rare early edition. No dust jacket. Good condition.

The following poem from his anthology Shapes and Sounds, published 1941, a few years prior to the time he drew his illustrations for Grimms fairy tales, is Peake at his best and most moving, as he often is when writing about creative struggles. Its first stanza,

If I could see, not surfaces,
But could express
What lies beneath the skin
Where the blood moves
In fruit or head or stone,
Then would I know the one
And my eyes
When dead
Would give the worm
No hollow food.

Printed in 1941. 1,500 in print.

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