A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth

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Shortlisted for the 2012 Pat Lowther Memorial Award An ambivalent zoo-tour, an open-eyed meander through a landscape of made and contained things. A Page from The Wonders of Life on Earth is a book with a coherent vision of nature -- constructed or framed, both in the present and in the recent past -- through zoos, aviaries, formal gardens, menageries, and books like the Time-Life one named in the title. Informed by the author's grand tour of these zoos and gardens, these poems provide a strong lens for considering the many paradoxes of inter-species relations; they open up the possibility of honest, unsentimental elegy. The book is also a model of what might be called investigative poetry, taking the poet's combination of perceptual acuity, craft, music and sensibility into these richly troubled places (prisons of, monuments to, museums for the lost natural world) where "arcades sell postcards of old photographs of the arcades," and where questions of what it means to be human, to be animal, to be other and to be art are tangibly in the air. This is Bolster's best work.

  • EAN

    9781771310819

  • Disponibilité

    Disponible

  • Nombre de pages

    82 Pages

  • Action copier/coller

    Dans le cadre de la copie privée

  • Action imprimer

    Dans le cadre de la copie privée

  • Poids

    1 720 Ko

  • Distributeur

    Demarque

  • Support principal

    ebook (ePub)

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