Janet's Cottage

Janet's Cottage : Poems

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  • Hardback | 90 pages
  • 146 x 218 x 18mm | 204.12g
  • St. Augustine's Press
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1587313936
  • 9781587313936

Review quote

CLUTCHSomething like a clutch, the two of us communicate the will to one another to move, and as one turns the other must, in contact with his mate, turn with her, unless the pedal disengages them and leaves them both to whine alone in air without a way to know the other s aim or use their specious freedom from the pair.If you protest my model of us makes one the driving, one the driven, giving one pride of place, recall life engine-brakes as often as it climbs, and has us revving loudest in our worst deceleration, when on the half that had been blithe about us is borne a little care with each gyration to moderate our tumbling apparatus.So they function best who come to grips, and travel farthest fastest who beware the mismatch of intention in the slips that leave their coupling that much worse for wear; let us therefore use our hard-won touch to ride but not to ride it, me and you pressing close together inasmuch as is in us to be coming through."show more

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. "show more

Back cover copy

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 ""show more

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