Island To Island

Island To Island

by Gerard Woodward
     
 

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In Island to Island, his third collection of poetry for Chatto, Gerard Woodward ventures into more hostile, less familiar territory. An Arabian desert, the moon, thinly-populated archipelagos are all visited in what emerges as an investigation into the nature of social space. A giraffe trapper finds that a successful trap must closely resemble a giraffe's own home;

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In Island to Island, his third collection of poetry for Chatto, Gerard Woodward ventures into more hostile, less familiar territory. An Arabian desert, the moon, thinly-populated archipelagos are all visited in what emerges as an investigation into the nature of social space. A giraffe trapper finds that a successful trap must closely resemble a giraffe's own home; the 'suburban glass' of starter-home conservatories glazes and crysallises the lives of newly-weds. With his characteristic exuberance and ability to stand the world on its head, Woodward combines tichly imagined poems about half-invented lands with poetry that transforms the ordinary into the fantastical, where baths become oceans and ceilings lunar landscapes. Nor is the body exempt from this exploration of borders and limits. In one poem, two 'gurning' contestants find that they've overstepped some boundary of humanness and in 'The Madness of Heracles', a long retelling of the myth of the twelve labours, human strength is put to the test in a poem which evolves into a rhapsody of love, loss, toil and redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448129454
Publisher:
RANDOM HOUSE
Publication date:
12/31/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
File size:
112 KB

Meet the Author

Born in London in 1961, Gerard Woodward studied painting and anthropology. His two previous collections, Householder (1991) and After The Deafening (1994), were published by Chatto. He has won, among other prizes, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Eric Gregory Award. 'The Madness of Heracles' was runner-up in the most recent Avron International Poetry Competition. Gerard Woodward lives in Manchester.

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