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ISBN
9781844717149
Extent
64pp
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
28-Apr-09
Publication Status
Active
Series
Salt Modern Poets
Subject
Poetry by individual poets
Trim Size
216 x 140mm

Wan-Hu’s Flying Chair

Synopsis

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.’

Reviews of this Book

‘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

‘There’s little doubt that Marggraf Turley has a perfect ear. Every word counts, imported for both sound and sense.’ —Kenneth Steven

‘Satisfyingly visceral and unsentimental.’ —Alice Kavounas

‘Immediately striking, the care for language, the feel for the sound and taste of words.’ —Niall Griffiths





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