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Pure Reason

Poems by Nikos Stangos

David Plante


A specially illustrated collection of poems by renowned Thames & Hudson editor Nikos Stangos


Nikos Stangos was a popular and influential figure in the cultural life of London until his death in 2004. Arriving in Britain in the mid-1960s after a childhood in post-war Greece and a period of study in the United States, Stangos soon became part of London’s artistic and literary circles, establishing for himself a successful career in publishing. In his four decades as a commissioning editor, he was responsible for numerous acclaimed books on the visual arts, including several award-winning titles. Along the way he worked with some of the best-known artists, writers and historians of the day.

A one-time publisher of poetry, he was also an accomplished poet in his own right, composing verse in both Greek and English. While rooted in the specifics of his own life, his writing deals with broad philosophical issues: the nature of beauty, truth, art and reason. Typically, though, he was without ambition for his poetry, publishing rarely, and then only in Greek. All the poems in this posthumous volume, selected by the writer David Plante, are published for the first time here.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 24.1 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 116 pp

Illustrations: 44

Publication date: 26 November 2007

ISBN: 9780500513835

Contents List

Introduction • Notes on the Poetry of Nikos Stangos • The Purity of Duration • The Definition of the Good • The Definition of the Beautiful Fictive Grammar • Fictive Nations • Facts, Fictions and Forecasts • How Could Speech Exhaust the Meaning of Speech? • The Necessities of the Mind • Enchantments of the Obvious • The Familiar Surroundings of the Words • Accumulation of Texts • Holidays • News of a Death A Hopeful Dream • An Obstacle • On a Walk • Space of Ideas • To Say to Oneself Suddenly One Morning • What Calm Then? • Imperative Present • Pure Reason • The Aim Was to Put a Poem Together

About the Author

David Plante is the author of many acclaimed books, including Difficult Women and the widely praised Francoeur Trilogy.

List of Contributors

David Plante

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