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ISBN: 978 1 847770 65 3
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: May 2011
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
Yesterday the heat
The light receded the shadows tapered into long rays . . .
‘Hey you, do you know where we are?’
How comforting a light in the darkness
Emporium, Ian Pindar’s first collection, is stocked with curiosities, jokes and horrors. Step through the door and discover Big Bumperton on his bicycle, Mrs Beltinska in her bath, Monsieur P. on holiday, a transfixed girl in blue jeans, a wasp, two lascivious figs and a god who wanders shopping arcades ‘enhaloed in black flames of longing and dread’. A chain letter travels across centuries of poetry, from Langland to Maxine Chernoff; deep in a snowy forest, seen only by wolves, a mysterious machine is resonating… Pindar maps a surreal hinterland where the dark humour of absurdity lies in wait.
Cover image: copyright © Ian Pindar 2011
Pindar's writing gestures towards a public language . . . though this is regularly undermined by the comic and sardonic . . . The poetry thrives on this flexibility of tone, its declarations constantly being shifted, contested and contradicted . . . Much of the book is made up of elusive, uneasy parables. . . that hover between pessimism and hope, and the potential of language to articulate this predicament. - the Guardian
It was about time for somebody to be channelling Eliot, maybe Stevens, Laforgue, and the Metaphysicals to such clashing effect: ‘bright as a seedsman’s packet’, with unexpected timbres and sonorities sabotaged by glockenspiel accents. Pindar is just right for the job - John Ashbery
In this sparkling début collection Ian Pindar brilliantly fulfils Verlaine’s injunction to the poet to take eloquence and wring its neck. Emporium offers the reader a beguiling and compendious range of styles and voices, and signals the arrival of a fascinating and original poet - Mark Ford
Mrs Beltinska in the Bath
On the French Riviera
Monsters of Philosophy
A Dog One Afternoon
Society of Blood
Anecdote of the Car
Marc Chagall: The Poet Reclining
Advice for Travellers
What is the Matter?
The King’s Evil
Les Vacances de Monsieur P.
Suggestions for Further Reading
Gods of the Near Future
Big Bumperton on the Sabbath
Death of a Senator
Joan Miró: Man and Woman in Front of a Pile of Excrement
It Takes a Man
Everybody’s Talking about Antonin Artaud
The Wasp and the Orchid
Black Jelly Baby
The Rainy Day Murders
An Accident in Soho
What Matters Within the Intensity. read more
Poetry Microreviews Emporium, the darkly genial debut collection from London native Ian Pindar, exhibits a variety befitting its title and its author’s range as a critic, editor, and translator. read more
Poetry in Brief - Reviews Here's a poetry that's light, clear, at times almost throwaway, full of political scope and menace. read more
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