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Glass is Elastic
ISBN: 978 1 847771 14 8
Categories: 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2012
216 x 135 x 10 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Unspecified)
Glass is Elastic is a book of surfaces and reflections, mirrors and windows. What do we see – what do we know – in a world experienced through lenses and screens? 'Don’t blink. Nobody’s / looking, nobody’s seeing.' Jon Glover explores the treachery and creativity inherent in the eye’s lens, in the eyeball itself, in a microscope or camera, in a telescope, in the mysterious properties of glass, malleable as time itself. We translate the shape of the world into maps, pixels, mathematical data; into stories that change in the telling.
A central poem sequence links medicine, war and vision in the glass slides assembled in a pathology lab for research into narcolepsy after the First World War, nerves and brains laid bare as evidence, as names on a war memorial.
In language that combines scientific rigour with the supple everyday, Glover surprises the reader into looking, into seeing the connections in a beautiful, frightening world.
Cover photograph Paul Maddern, Keel 14. Copyright © Paul Maddern, reproduced by permission
Praise for Jon Glover 'Magnetic Resonance Imaging by Jon Glover is my book of the year'
Ian McMillan, The Verb, BBC Radio 3 (December 2008)
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