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Nothing for it but to sing : poems / Michael Harlow.

By: Material type: TextTextPublisher: Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press, 2016Description: 63 pages ; 23 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
ISBN:
  • 9781927322628
  • 1927322626
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • NZ821.2 23
LOC classification:
  • PR9639.3.H29 A6 2016
Contents:
`Nothing for it but to sing' -- Short talk on spring with fantails -- Forgetting to remember -- The family at last -- Short talk on hats -- `Not love's fault nor time's' -- Let's do it -- Reflections: in the wider world -- 1. We look to listen -- 2. The oldest tree in the garden -- 3. Listening -- 4. Arid out of the keepsake box -- 5. This morning the colour of steel -- 6. Eclipsed -- 7. Each night he tried to make a go -- 8. How this fossil-stone slips -- 9. I'm always surprised -- 10. Curtain riser -- 11. Boustrophedon -- 12. In that high place -- Her words -- The night-watch, making the rounds -- Aftershock -- `Not in our stars' -- No full stops in heaven -- The late news -- Post mortem on promises 33 Cage-masters, their want -- Hidden hurts -- Beyond -- Then there's a pair of us -- When no birds sang -- Bite the bright coin its brilliance -- Hidden things -- Eating the silence -- Above and below -- The discovery of morning -- Arriving at Delphi -- Take five: composition for words and music -- This is your birthday -- Inventory -- The invitation -- The holiness of attention -- Matrimonial, on a train -- A deeper call -- Miss Jones in Haberdashery -- Last post -- The company of mapmakers -- The piano's birthday -- Notes and Acknowledgements -- Also by Michael Harlow.
Summary: Michael Harlows poems are small detonations that release deeply complex stories of psychological separations and attractions, of memory and desire. Frequently they slip into the alluring spaces just at the edges of language, dream and gesture, as they carefully lower, like measuring gauges, into the ineffable: intimations of mortality, the slippery nature of identity, longing, fear. Harlow is a poet with such a command of music, the dart and turn of movement in language, that he can get away with words that make us squirm in apprentice workshops or bad pop songs heart, soul and make them seem newly shone and psychically right. The work is sequined by sound, rather than running its meaning along the rigid rails of metre and end rhyme. The sway and surge of various meanings in the phrasing, and the way sense trails and winds over line breaks: this movement itself often evokes the alternating dark and electric energy of feelings like love, loss and the pain of absence. This is a beautifully honed new collection.
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`Nothing for it but to sing' -- Short talk on spring with fantails -- Forgetting to remember -- The family at last -- Short talk on hats -- `Not love's fault nor time's' -- Let's do it -- Reflections: in the wider world -- 1. We look to listen -- 2. The oldest tree in the garden -- 3. Listening -- 4. Arid out of the keepsake box -- 5. This morning the colour of steel -- 6. Eclipsed -- 7. Each night he tried to make a go -- 8. How this fossil-stone slips -- 9. I'm always surprised -- 10. Curtain riser -- 11. Boustrophedon -- 12. In that high place -- Her words -- The night-watch, making the rounds -- Aftershock -- `Not in our stars' -- No full stops in heaven -- The late news -- Post mortem on promises 33 Cage-masters, their want -- Hidden hurts -- Beyond -- Then there's a pair of us -- When no birds sang -- Bite the bright coin its brilliance -- Hidden things -- Eating the silence -- Above and below -- The discovery of morning -- Arriving at Delphi -- Take five: composition for words and music -- This is your birthday -- Inventory -- The invitation -- The holiness of attention -- Matrimonial, on a train -- A deeper call -- Miss Jones in Haberdashery -- Last post -- The company of mapmakers -- The piano's birthday -- Notes and Acknowledgements -- Also by Michael Harlow.

Michael Harlows poems are small detonations that release deeply complex stories of psychological separations and attractions, of memory and desire. Frequently they slip into the alluring spaces just at the edges of language, dream and gesture, as they carefully lower, like measuring gauges, into the ineffable: intimations of mortality, the slippery nature of identity, longing, fear. Harlow is a poet with such a command of music, the dart and turn of movement in language, that he can get away with words that make us squirm in apprentice workshops or bad pop songs heart, soul and make them seem newly shone and psychically right. The work is sequined by sound, rather than running its meaning along the rigid rails of metre and end rhyme. The sway and surge of various meanings in the phrasing, and the way sense trails and winds over line breaks: this movement itself often evokes the alternating dark and electric energy of feelings like love, loss and the pain of absence. This is a beautifully honed new collection.

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