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A generous selection that shows the poet James Lasdun at his lyrically inventive best Two men grapple with jumper cables, trying qto make a stand // in this last corner of our realm; machinery . . .q A man on his way to see his therapist encounters a female police officer in an elevator and feels himself regressing to qthe original essence, the masculine / criminal salt.q A teenager is tricked into eating a spoonful of lime pickle by his girlfriend's father. An Englishman in the Catskills ponders the nature of exile, is chased by yellow jackets, gets a haircut. James Lasdun's subjects are often quotidiana€”but his treatment of them never is. Under his transformative gaze, the familiar becomes strange, the local becomes foreign, and the minor becomes epic. Lasdun has been winning acclaim since his first collection, 1988's A Jump Starta€”Helen Vendler has lauded his ability to give qbrisk shape to contemporary and classical eventsq; The New York Times has praised the qsharp, slicing imageryq of his work. Now, in Bluestone, which selects from all three of his previous collections and includes poems from his fourth, Water Sessions, previously available only in the U.K., readers will be able to appreciate the full sweep of this capacious talent: his delicate wit, his gift for invention, his keen observational eye. It is a gathering that affirms Lasdun's position as, to quote Anthony Hecht, one of qthe most gifted, vivid, and deft poets now writing in English.qreturninG the GiFt For Nicholas Jenkins For my birthday my wife gives me a chainsaw; a shiny blue Makita, big as our child ... The manual elaborates: kickback, where the blade bucks back through your neck; blinding by woodchip or explodinganbsp;...

Author: James Lasdun
Publisher:Macmillan - 2015-05-05

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