Rippier Jo
Goodnight, Morning

Goodnight, Morning

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Genre: Fiction
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Jo Rippier was born in Plymouth in 1935, and educated at King’s School Worcester and Emmanuel College Cambridge. He gained his Ph.D. in English Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitatät, where he was a lecturer in the English Department until retiring in 1998. His previous publications include The Short Stories of Sean O’Faolain: A Study in Descriptive Techniques,and Some Postwar English Novelists, a volume of short stories, Goodnight, Morning, and collections of poetry, Seasons and Remembrance (1981), Beginnings, Endings (1991), Past Present (1996), Against the Stream (1999, with aquarelles by Gerhard Elsner), Late Motley (2001), Something Old, Something New (2007), Echoes and Reflections (2009), Footsteps (2011), The Silence of Snow (2013), Darkness and Light (2014), Shadows (2015) and Sights and Sounds (2017).

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Moments in Time

Moments in Time

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Genre: Fiction
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ISBN 978-0-86140-454-4

These short stories are in general an attempt to recapture and encapsulate aspects of a distant past that will soon have faded for ever. Tiny scenes, events and memories are brought back in the form of a reality that has, through the workings of time, become fictionalised. Who now knows what the reality actually was?

Jo Rippier was born in Plymouth in 1935, and educated at King’s School Worcester and Emmanuel College Cambridge. He gained his Ph.D. in English Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitatät, where he was a lecturer in the English Department until retiring in 1998. His previous publications include The Short Stories of Sean O’Faolain: A Study in Descriptive Techniques (1976), Some Post-war English Novelists, a volume of short stories, Goodnight, Morning, and collections of poetry, Seasons and Remembrance (1981), Beginnings, Endings (1991), Past Present (1996), Against the Stream (1999, with aquarelles by Gerhard Elsner), Late Motley (2001), Something Old, Something New (2007), Echoes and Reflections (2009), Footsteps (2011), The Silence of Snow (2013), Darkness and Light (2014), and Shadows (2015).

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Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

£12.99

Jo Rippier was born in Plymouth in 1935, and educated at King’s School Worcester and Emmanuel College Cambridge. He gained his Ph.D. in English Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitatät, where he was a lecturer in the English Department until retiring in 1998. His previous publications include The Short Stories of Sean O’Faolain: A Study in Descriptive Techniques,and Some Postwar English Novelists, a volume of short stories, Goodnight, Morning, and collections of poetry, Seasons & Remembrance, Beginnings, Endings, Past Present and Against the Stream.

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Late Motley

Late Motley

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Genre: Poetry
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Jo Rippier was born in Plymouth in 1935, and educated at King’s School Worcester and Emmanuel College Cambridge. He gained his Ph.D. in English Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitatät, where he was a lecturer in the English Department until retiring in 1998. His previous publications include The Short Stories of Sean O’Faolain: A Study in Descriptive Techniques,and Some Postwar English Novelists, a volume of short stories, Goodnight, Morning, and collections of poetry, Seasons & Remembrance, Beginnings, Endings, Past Present and Against the Stream.

Gerhard Elsner, whose illustration appears on the front cover, was born in Senftenberg, Germany, in 1930. He was educated at the Universities of Freiburg and Karlsruhe. He has a major reputation in Germany, with pictures in art museums and public buildings in Freiburg, Tübingen, Frankfurt, Konstanz and the Deutscher Bundestag in Berlin.

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Echoes and Reflections

Echoes and Reflections

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42pp.  20.4cm.     2009

This latest collection of poems by Jo Rippier reflect his love of the impact of the countryside and its scenery, of water, and of fishing, as well as childhood and school memories, and the memorials of war.

Jo Rippier was born in Plymouth in 1935, and educated at King’s School Worcester and Emmanuel College Cambridge. He gained his Ph.D. in English Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitatät, where he was a lecturer in the English Department until retiring in 1998. His previous publications include The Short Stories of Sean O’Faolain: A Study in Descriptive Techniques,and Some Postwar English Novelists, a volume of short stories, Goodnight, Morning, and collections of poetry, Seasons & Remembrance, Beginnings, Endings, Past Present, Against the Stream and Late Motley.

Gerhard Elsner, who illustration appears on the front cover, was born in Senftenberg, Germany, in 1930. He was educated at the Universities of Freiburg and Karlsruhe. He has a major reputation in Germany, with pictures in art museums and public buildings in Freiburg, Tübingen, Frankfurt, Konstanz and the Deutscher Bundestag in Berlin.

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Against the Stream

Against the Stream

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Genre: Poetry
Tag: Against the Stream

Out of print

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Fly-fishing, Fact vs. Fiction

Fly-fishing, Fact vs. Fiction

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Genres: Fishing, New titles
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This collection brings together Jo Rippier’s writings about fishing, fact and fiction, and in one case ‘dramatic’. He has recorded memorable experiences that occurred during his life in his pursuit of fish, and meeting unusual personalities, such as Mr Justice T. C. Kingsmill Moore (‘Saracen’), and Hugh Falkus, as well letting his imagination provide a number of fictional tales. Together they provide the reader with a variety of enjoyable stories and articles, and some historical illustrations, mostly from Punch, ideal for fishermen with time on their hands.

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Sights and Sounds

Sights and Sounds

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Genre: Poetry
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38pp. 20.4cm hbk

The poems in the present collection are largely an attempt to put into words what is registered either in the mind, or when physically encountering the world around. But there are also reflections on what one experiences when looking back on the past.

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Horizons: Collected Poems

Horizons: Collected Poems

£14.99

160pp.  20.4 cm  2018

The poems in this book represent a lifetime's struggle to recognise and come to terms both with the world around, and what is going on in the mind at moments of personal consequence. They also reflect an awareness of the work of writers from the past which, in some cases, may have influenced what appears in this book. There is no attempt to find solutions, but merely to register and search for words  which try to present, in accessible language, what the author is feeling.

Some readers' comments:

"I don't think there was a single poem which however fragile or sad its emotion, however delicate or subtle its train of thought, didn't set up a poise and dignity for itself, a sort of tender formal strength."

"I always read the poems aloud, they have an internal music which I enjoy finding."

"You have surpassed yourself, you seem to me to have reached that stage in writing to which I can only apply the word 'exquisite'. Through the years you have refined your writing to the essential, the essence."

"a poetic voice, unmistakenly yours, gentle, altogether unassertive, tentatively exploring its ground, meditatively unfolding a thought, an idea, a feeling, a physical sight or spiritual insight, always taking the reader on an inner journey which leaves him wondering what it was that has suddenly made him calm and reflective."

"And whatever subject you treat, you have an unmistakable voice, not a whit of superfluous verbiage, but precision of a kind of lean clarity. and what stands out above all is what I once called 'tentative philosophy', no dogmatising but careful reflection which takes the subject beyond its immediate appearance into realms of thought and feeling."

"I find your poetry in its content and style reminiscent of Japanese poetry. It is a culture which has paid great attention to detail and careful observation. Appreciation of nature is fundamental to many aesthetic ideals in Japan."

"You are able to convey so delicately emotion, never letting imagery cloud the work."

You have such a way of making the reader see the ordinary in an extraordinary way."

"These poems exemplify in the purest manner your particular strength of catching nature on the wing - or rather gathering, from a fleeting impression or thought, a total ensemble; of turning a natural scene into words, as few or as many as needed, no more, no less, and therefore pure poetry."

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Shadows

Shadows

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Genre: Poetry
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38pp. 20.4 cm.

The poems in the present collection are somewhat autumnal in mood, reflecting both personal and spontaneous reactions to the world around. Sometimes strange sightings provoke personal reflections on the difference between nature and the modern world, whilst also revealing unsuspected significance.

 

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Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light

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Genre: Poetry
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54pp. 20.4 cm

The poems in this collection swing in mood from darkly serious to rather lighter tones, the emphasis being on reactions both to what is observed physically, and to associations aroused by single words or ideas. These can be extreme, as with 'Inside Belsen' or 'Brimstone'. Sometimes, as with 'John Lindley Has Died', a news story in a magazine can provoke an emotional response, as the mind attempts to come to terms with what the announcement has evoked.

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The Silence of Snow

The Silence of Snow

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Genre: Poetry
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52pp.  20.4 cm.  2013

In a sequence of haunting poems the author has put down the random thoughts that reflected his sense of isolation and formed a barrier to keep him from thinking about the suffering of his dying partner, until he had to face the agony of the inevitable departure and reconcile himself to that parting.

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Footsteps

Footsteps

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Genre: Poetry
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20.4cm 

In this latest short volume of poems, Jo Rippier shows how his love of nature has increased, developed and deepened through his recent volumes of poetry as he envies the arctic fox and admires precariously preserved idyllic landscapes. In 'Temporal', he fuses mortality and summer into an image of peacefully combined opposites. His description of the artistically observant church visitor's reaction, in 'Regarding a Church', creeping away 'uncomforted' and 'uncomfortable at registering expectations somehow unfulfilled' will remain a compelling image for the reader as it formulates that fleeting experience many people have without being able to say what it was that left them faintly uneasy.

A memorable collection, and as with Rippier's earlier volumes, one of Gerhard Elsner's superbly evocative watercolours decorates the dustjacket.

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