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The Storm House
ISBN: 978 1 847770 67 7
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: June 2011
215 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
Untalkative brother, a year dead, everywhere world
is in the ascendant. Out here the air is heavy with rain,
the crowded lobby like a railway station.
Out here, estranged from world, I feel the urgency
to explain exactly what it was that happened to you
and to dig for the whole story...
from ‘The Storm House’
In 2006 Tim Liardet’s brother died in mysterious circumstances. The Storm House is a book-length elegy that is both grief-fugue and exploration of family psychodrama. The two parts of the book form a powerful narrative of sorrow and anger, the events recollected in the first part extended by the virtuoso sonnet-sequence of the second. From uncertainty, trauma and silence, Liardet generates force and gravity in ‘the spring and leap / of energy’ that is the creative life owed to the dead.
Cover painting: Undercut. Copyright © Katarzyna Gajewska. Reproduced by permission of the artist
It is rare for a book of poems to bring an original and deeply poetic talent to a human story as Tim Liardet does in this collection. There is horror in the story he tells, but Liardet takes the horror to its storm-lit root. The Storm House is a book of poems like no other. It is true poetry, sensationally assembled.
Tim Liardet makes the human macabre dazzle in the dark.
Like Slant Rain
The Constables Call
The Gorse Fires
Versions of a Miserabilist
The Jigging Season
The Law of Primogeniture
On Pett Level Beach
The Ghost Train
Fantasia on the Snarl
‘I thought it was a fucking earthquake,’
Bucko in Love
Exit, Pursued by a Wolf
The Waterlily Garden
Self-portrait as Flypaper
Self-portrait with Patio Flames
Deleted Scene (The Frog)
The Brothers Grimm
A Portrait of my Grandfather in Drag
Deleted Scene (The Jug)
The Dark Age
‘…Lay Thee Down’
The Storm House
These two books, while each being very personal in tone and distinctinve in content, nevertheless share shall I say a 'flavour' that makes one associate in a most positive way each with the other, Liardet's book, which is dedicated to an much recalling his brother's death, has the most clear-cut theme, but Satyamurti equally establishes a strong cohesiveness in her collection through the frequent references to things being lost and found, which is the subtitle of the second section of the book. read more
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