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The City with Horns,

Tamar Yoseloff

The City with Horns, Tamar Yoseloff


Publication Date: 15-May-11 | ISBN: 9781844718184 | Trim Size: 198 x 129 mm | Extent: 80pp | Format: Paperback

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“Every artist paints what he is”, said Jackson Pollock, the iconic figure of the American Abstract Expressionist movement. His tumultuous life and his revolutionary vision provide the storyline for the main sequence of poems in The City with Horns, Tamar Yoseloff’s fourth collection, in which Yoseloff plays ventriloquist to the voices of Pollock; his wife, the painter Lee Krasner; and his mistress, Ruth Kligman (who survived the car crash that killed him). The characters of James Dean, Frank O’Hara and William de Kooning are also woven into the narrative. And it is Pollock’s dictum that provides the departure point for other poems which chart the attempt to find hidden meanings – whether through driving blind on a road at night, reading James Joyce in a Japanese restaurant, or gazing at a concrete wall. In The City with Horns, you will find journeys through the poet’s adopted city of London and through turbulent weather, on trains, into fields that conjure up the past, and around junk yards where treasure can be found. This is Yoseloff’s most challenging collection to date.


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Contents; The City with Horns; Part One; City Winter; Concrete; Invisible Nearby Sea; Cryptographer; Siberia; The Russian Ending; Reading Ulysses in the Teri Aki Sushi Bar; Shadow; Wish you were; Mannequins on 7th Street; The Sadness of the Scrapyard; Tokens; Blackwork; Stamps; London Particular; City Winter; Part Two; The City with Horns; The city with horns; Lee Visits the Studio; Springs; Connected; Portrait of the Artist as a Depressed Bastard; Short Voyages; Rebel Without a Cause; Cedar Nights; Singing Woman; Death Car Girl; Night Journey; Gothic Landscape; Alchemy; Part Three; Indian Summer; Forecast; Weather; A Stone; Train; Field; Wreck; Apres un reve ; Mud; Honeymoon; Lemons; Hour of blues; Where you are; January; Jetty; Indian Summer in the Old City; Notes


“In the title sequence of this collection, Tamar Yoseloff breaks new ground with poems that flow and rush and fizz in ways reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s paintings. From the turmoil of Pollock’s life, Yoseloff powerfully re-creates a vision in which everything knots together, a way of seeing that is intoxicated. But if the central sequence overflows with plenty, then the outer sections of the triptych speak of emptiness and pain in a poetic voice more familiar, curbed and astringent. Here, Yoseloff continues to explore territory she has made her own in earlier collections: snap-shots and “little fables” of up-rooted individuals whose tokens, found objects and souvenirs struggle towards articulacy. These are poems offering few consolations, but the strength of The City with Horns lies in its chastening honesty, its ability to evoke a sensibility that feels never less than modern.” —Martyn Crucefix



“Tamar Yoseloff’s Fetch is a delicate book of haunting strength, of strangeness uncontained. These poems are irresistible.” —Alison Brackenbury


“[Speaking of Fetch]: These are dark poems in the best sense of the word, edgy, unnerving, but glittering, too. Tamar Yoseloff can make a visit to the dentist or a lamb curry sexy and sinister. I've followed her career from the beginning; Fetch is her most ambitious book yet, and her best.” —Matthew Francis



Tamar YoseloffTamar Yoseloff was born in the US in 1965. She is the author of three poetry collections, the most recent entitled Fetch (Salt, 2007). She is also the author of Marks, a collaboration with the artist Linda Karshan, and the editor of A Room to Live In: A Kettle's Yard Anthology. Her upcoming collection, The City with Horns, is due in May 2011. She lives in London, where she is a freelance tutor in creative writing.

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