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Hainsaw the book's central image all manner of human traits are reflected with an intense often comical brillian. this was a pleasure to read

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Belonging figure prominently as does the struggle to find a viable relationship with the natural world In the c. Careful with chainsaws don t know if I could ever use one safely

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An exuberant and bold series of poems drawing on the poet's life in the Catskill Mountains uestions of exile and. A fine book of poetry that to me recalls Philip Larkin much of the poetry is unobtrusively formal the sensibiility is often mordant In a way its narrative is the anti Larkin the speaker taking all the poems together as a narrative is from a family of British Jews who converted to Anglicanism and his consciousness of being an outsider among the English and everywhere runs throughout He emigrates to the United States marries and gradually comes to feel less exiled He even appreciates strip malls and chain saws This is my construction of an overall narrative from the individual poems which are lyrical and beautiful full of freshness I read this with a group the others didn t much like it I think it s beautiful complex amusing One poem is told from the point of view of a snake in the ceiling of a laundry room watching a woman The Woman Eve A random few linesWhen the drunk at the bar of the Royal Oakglared into my facegripping his pint like a hand grenadefrom which he d just taken the pinand told me what he told methe pang I feltwas like the split that goes on rivingall the way down the trunkfrom one sound blow to the wedgeas though it had been there forever waiting HopsDoggone I wanted to keep on uoting to do it justice So buy it and read it

  • Paperback
  • 80
  • Landscape with Chainsaw Poems
  • James Lasdun
  • English
  • 13 August 2017
  • 9780393323702

About the Author: James Lasdun

James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York He has published two novels as well as several collections of short stories and poetry He has been long listed for the Man Booker Prize and short listed for the Los Angeles Times T S Eliot and Forward prizes in poetry; and he was the winner of the inaugural UKBBC Short Story Prize His nonfiction has been published in Harpe

5 thoughts on “Landscape with Chainsaw Poems

  1. says:

    A fine book of poetry that to me recalls Philip Larkin much of the poetry is unobtrusively formal the sensibiility is often mordant In a way its

  2. says:

    Careful with chainsaws don't know if I could ever use one safely?

  3. says:

    this was a pleasure to read

  4. says:

    PPE 32608

  5. says:

    Stellar poetry Very striking Great phrasing

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