Wan-Hu's Flying Chair

Wan-Hu's Flying Chair

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Wan-Hu's Flying Chair explores the `furious stillness' of love and art. From Chinese legends to scenes from artists' studios, these poems open apertures on twilit worlds, where the `elastic collision of lovers' burns, ears clang to the `torture of air', and `winged creatures quiver on springs'. Here, the voices of old masters and artists' wives, of holy men `huddled round three-legged dings' and steam engineers dissolve into a curious chorus. In this collection, language seeks to break the `well of gravity' as it `tidies the dark.'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 5mm
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • No
  • 1844717143
  • 9781844717149

Table of contents

Landing Party
The Jade Corridor
Suiting Up
Spindrift
Moon Songs
1. Wan-Hu's Flying Chair
2. Elixir
3. Seventh Moon
Elisions
Forensics
Billiard Ball
Court Ladies of the Former Shu
Winter Wheat
Life Classes
1. Women's Hour
2. Female Nude with a Mask
Afterlives
1. Blink
2. Queen of Scots
3. News from the Dead
4. The Apparently Dead
A History of Explosions
1. Tail of the Devil
2. Wan-Hu
3. Kuzka's Mother
4. RX J0822-4300 (Neutron Star)
Castles
1. St Briavels
2. Goodrich
Three Palettes
1. In the Campo di San Polo
2. Untitled
3. Old Master
Harbouring
Umbels
1. Hush-Hush
2. Siren
3. Pang
Islands
Amulet
Thitherwards
Old Man of Tang
Beach
Garden
The Couple
Brothel Scene
View at Le Gras
A Guide to the Stars
Steerage
Delft Tile
Toads
Porcelain Dish
Dissolution
Vaulting
Where c is the speed of
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Another impressive aspect of The Fossil Box is the extraordinary range of the poet's vocabulary, which means that many poems cannot be fully appreciated until they are read aloud. -- Owain Wilkins Poetry Wales There's little doubt that Marggraf Turley has a perfect ear. Every word counts, imported for both sound and sense. -- Kenneth Steven Planet Satisfyingly visceral and unsentimental. -- Alice Kavounas Poetry Review Immediately striking, the care for language, the feel for the sound and taste of words. -- Niall Griffiths Real Aberystwyth
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About Richard Marggraf Turley

Richard Marggraf Turley was born in the Forest of Dean in 1970 and moved to Wales when he was seven. He teaches in the Department of English and Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University.
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