Janet's Cottage

Janet's Cottage : Poems

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  • Hardback | 88 pages
  • 146 x 218 x 18mm | 204.12g
  • St. Augustine's Press
  • English
  • New.
  • 1587313936
  • 9781587313936

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These remarkable poems with their vivid phrasing and startling imagery may rustle a while/in forever s hourglass, as D. H. Tracy puts it. I suspect that they will rustle a lot longer in that captious glass. There seems to be no form or mode of which this poet does not possess a sure mastery. There are reflective elegies which demonstrate his enviable command of the long loping melodious line. But there are also equally impressive quatrains, tightly woven, brilliantly rhymed, which are somehow (I don t know quite how he does it) alive and fresh; they breathe in their bonds. Many of the poems display a wacky sense of humour, almost surrealistic in effect; these abound with the willowy and skittish spirits the poet appears to be on perilously familiar terms with. Grave poems, splendidly cadenced, alternate with mischievous ditties almost but not quite light verse, thanks to the sly sense of a vague menace which runs through them. At the same time, these are exploratory poems in which unexpected landscapes flicker forth and a strangely transformed geography reveals its hidden contours. This is a magical collection of poetry, at once magisterial and sprightly. Each poem from first to last comes with all the elation of sudden discovery. " Eric Ormsby""
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CLUTCHSomething like a clutch, the two of uscommunicate the will to one anotherto move, and as one turns the other must, in contact with his mate, turn with her, unless the pedal disengages themand leaves them both to whine alone in airwithout a way to know the other s aimor use their specious freedom from the pair.If you protest my model of us makesone the driving, one the driven, givingone pride of place, recall life engine-brakesas often as it climbs, and has us revvingloudest in our worst deceleration, when on the half that had been blithe about usis borne a little care with each gyrationto moderate our tumbling apparatus.So they function best who come to grips, and travel farthest fastest who bewarethe mismatch of intention in the slipsthat leave their coupling that much worse for wear;let us therefore use our hard-won touchto ride but not to ride it, me and youpressing close together inasmuchas is in us to be coming through."
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About D H Tracy

D.H. Tracy s poems and literary reviews have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, "The Yale Review, The New York Times Book Review, Literary Imagination, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner," and" Contemporary Poetry Review." He is the winner of the Intense Magazine Poetry Prize and served as editor of the Poetry Foundations online archive."
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