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ISBN: 978 1 784104 86 3
Categories: 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2017
216 x 135 x 6 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
Stack, a kind of list poem, can be read as a large number of discrete lines or in a range of surprising modular combinations. Following in the footsteps of minimalist poets, such as Aram Saroyan, Robert Grenier and Robert Lax, Davies finds innovative ways of making poetry say more by writing less. The vast majority of lines originate from interventions which have been undertaken that explore the everyday and also the less commonplace. Throughout, the poem articulates the concept of slowness (or dwelling) both in its structural nature and in the interventions carried out – ‘slowness’ as an age-old concept and as antithesis to the pace of our modern world. Yet the images in stack remain packed with resonance, making it both calm and intense as well as oozing with textual persistence – that is to say you’ll want to return to it day after day, and the day after that.
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