Landscape and Chainsaw

Landscape and Chainsaw

by James Lasdun
     
 

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"Brilliant ....certainly among the most gifted, vivid, and deft poets now writing in English."—Anthony Hecht, author of The Darkness and the Light
An exuberant and bold series of poems drawing on the poet's life in the Catskill Mountains. Questions of exile and belonging figure prominently, as does the struggle to find a viable relationship with the

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"Brilliant ....certainly among the most gifted, vivid, and deft poets now writing in English."—Anthony Hecht, author of The Darkness and the Light
An exuberant and bold series of poems drawing on the poet's life in the Catskill Mountains. Questions of exile and belonging figure prominently, as does the struggle to find a viable relationship with the natural world. In the chainsaw—the book's central image—all manner of human traits are reflected with an intense, often comical brilliance.

Editorial Reviews

Times
The laconic humour and uncluttered language give Lasdun's poems a veneer of simplicity.
Richard Howard
The prose drowned in these memorable verses [is] all the richer for the immersion. Fortified Lasdun,fortunate us!
Anthony Hecht
Brilliant ....certainly among the most gifted,vivid,and deft poets now writing in English.
Guardian
Deeply literary, but cool as well...these verses will ensure there are laurels on Lasdun's brow for many years to come.
Times Literary Supplement
Poems that are fast and deep and thick-textured.
Scotsman
One of the finest books of last year.
New Statesman
This is a terrific book.
New York Times Book Review
Sharp, slicing imagery gives Lasdun's poetry its deep notch of truth.
New Yorker
The poems in this collection accomplish an extraordinary deconstruction and reconstruction of landscapes.
J. D. McClatchy
[A] nervy and unnerving book,a canny and unsettling book-urgent,tender,large-souled. No serious reader should miss it.
New Criterion
Among the strongest young poets in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393323702
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
82
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

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Meet the Author

James Lasdun’s previous books include The Horned Man, named a New York Times Notable Book and The Economist Best Book of the Year. He teaches at Princeton University and lives in Shady, New York.

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