×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Gallowglass
     

Gallowglass

by Susan Tichy
 

Poetry. Susan Tichy is a poet embedded: with U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, twined together through history; in the landscape disrupted by war, perseverating on a deer killed by a mountain lion, or hearing direction in birdsong; and in the language of war: "gallowglass" is a corruption of a Gaelic word for "mercenary soldier," and dark, ancient

Overview


Poetry. Susan Tichy is a poet embedded: with U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, twined together through history; in the landscape disrupted by war, perseverating on a deer killed by a mountain lion, or hearing direction in birdsong; and in the language of war: "gallowglass" is a corruption of a Gaelic word for "mercenary soldier," and dark, ancient ballads appear like forensic evidence. Surrounded by cultural touchstones from Pythagoras to the Grateful Dead, Tichy refuses to let the reader's gaze, or her own, turn from the violence of modern living.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
An endnote tells us that this latest from Tichy (Bone Pagoda) takes its title from the Gaelic gal-óglac, which means foreign mercenary.'' Images of war and loss figure prominently, with unlike lines collaged into poems that bear witness to public and private traumas. Culled from a variety of sources, these poems use original material alongside lines borrowed from a diverse array of host texts. The language itself possesses the hazy quality of memory, which is, as Tichy writes, "a page of writing from which words have been randomly erased." An air of sadness also pervades this book, where the words themselves, having come from countless different origins, function almost as mercenaries. Tichy senses that, for all its power, language will not save us: as with mercenaries, its allegiances are temporary at best. VERDICT A politically engaged work on the horrors of war and the memories of those who remain behind, this book will appeal to avid readers of contemporary poetry.—Chris Pusateri, Jefferson Cty. P.L., CO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934103135
Publisher:
Ahsahta Press
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Series:
The New Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Susan Tichy has taught in George Mason University's Graduate Writing Program (MFA Poetry) since 1988, where for five years she was Executive Producer of Poetry Theater: An Evening of Visual Poetics. In addition to graduate and undergraduate writing workshops she teaches modern & contemporary poetry, with particular interests in women Modernist and avant-garde poets, poetic form, sequence and collage, "the poem including history," Scottish poetry and the Scottish traditional ballad. Susan Tichy's books are A Smell of Burning Starts the Day (Wesleyan University Press, 1988); The Hands in Exile (Random House, 1983), a National Poetry Series selection; BONE PAGODA (Ahsahta Press, 2007); and GALLOWGLASS (Ahsahta Press, 2010).

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews