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Andalus (Poetry of Place)

Medieval Andalucia is famous as a land of regrets, the place of the Moorish King's last sigh, where travelers sense the desecration of the great mosque of Cordoba and feel the haunted emptiness of the Alhambra's gilded, plastered domes. This collection of poetry fills those deserted halls with a powerful and convincing lust for life, a near-suffocating desire for love and for the rich enchantments of wine, laughter, moonlit picnics, and bare flesh.

Born in Texas, Ted Gorton came early to the Near East at age 2, to live in Ankara where his father was a US military attaché. He studied at the American University of Beirut, the University of Paris-Nanterre and Oklahoma University, receiving a Marshall Scholarship to St John's College, Oxford, and a doctorate in Arabic in 1976. He then taught Arabic Studies at St Andrews in Scotland, before being recruited by Shell for a temporary stint doing government relations in the Sultanate of Oman, onewhich led to 25 years in the international oil business. Since 2003, he has lived in London and Gascony with his archaeologist and sometimes co-author wife Andrée Féghali Gorton. He spends his time visiting their four far-flung children, sailing, playing the guitar and learning Modern Greek.

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