Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Great Regulars: The narrative, laid out in spare,

short-lined couplets, begins with an arresting hook. As in some of those parables written by eastern European poets in the past century there's a faintly surreal scenario ("I carried a tree/through the underground") presented in a simple, deadpan style. But while plain, the diction is pointed. "It was hard" immediately describes the effort of carrying the tree, but extends to the tree's texture and rigidity.

from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Poem of the week: The Year of the Tree by Katherine Gallagher


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