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ISBN: 978 1 847771 10 0
Categories: 21st Century, British
Imprint: Northern House
Published: August 2010
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Zigzag: five sequences marks the welcome return of Anthony Rudolf - publisher, translator, autobiographer, essayist - to his first vocation, poetry. Apart from collaborations with artists, this is his first book containing poems for more than thirty years. Zigzag consists of five sequences: two verse, one prose and two combining prose and verse. Among the texts are a recitative in the voice of the author's grandfather, a story about Kafka for grownups written according to the conventions of a children's story, and a sequence of prose and verse after Schumann's Kinderszenen. Autobiography, poetry, documentary, fiction: the book zigs and zags with humour and lyrical lightness, complicating Rudolf's concerns with memory, time and loss.
Helena de Freitas' Poetry Choice
Praise for Anthony Rudolf's poetry:
...Rudolf's fine exact craftsmanship; no word or syllable wasted, so that each image is stark and true - George Mackay Brown, The Scotsman
Every poem like a new geometry - of suprises... A sort of sewing of a hyper-active intelligence to hypersenstive skin - Ted Hughes
Witty, precise, beautifully cadenced, and courageously exploratory - Robin Skelton, The Malahat Review
Cover painting Johannes Gumpp (1626-c.1646), self portrait 1646
Image c Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Zigzag offers unusual, thought-provoking examples of what has long been the most discreet part of Anthony Rudolf's literary activities: his personal writing, here in the form of five striking prose and poem sequences. read more
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