Thursday, 31 January 2013

Stag's leap again

This is good. Especially good for those who have loved and lost. But I would recommend also as a salutary Valentine's Day present.

I like the delicacy of touch and the control; the spacing of the poems; the way they peter out in time.

Take Tiny Siren: the image is so perfect, its connection with other swimming moments of Olds and her ex-husband subversive and entangling. The incriminating photo that literally comes out in the wash...

"...a minature woman in a bathing suit,
lying back after the spin cycle..."

This is just one of a hundred breath-taking details so go buy. It is a one sitting read - only I took two sittings because I couldn't bear to finish it all in one go.

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