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Between Two Windows

Oli Hazzard

Between Two Windows
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ISBN: 978 1 847771 39 1
Categories: 21st Century, British, First Collections
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2012
216 x 154 x 5 mm
80 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • In Between Two Windows, his first book of poems, Oli Hazzard takes language out to stretch and flex and bend itself into new shapes. Into the formal straits of sestinas, sonnets and pantoums stray palindromes, mirrored poems, anagrams, allusions and curiosities. His lyrics and satires dance in the spaces that open up between intention and expression, the moment when the horse attempts to throw its rider.

    I

    Moving In    
    The Inability to Recall the Precise Word for Something    
    True Romance    
    Rule of Thumb    
    Mid-Air    
    Apologia    
    Entre Chien et Loup    
    Home Poems    
    A Few Precepts    
    Some Shadows    
    Pantoum in Which Wallace Stevens Gives Me Vertigo    
    Two Versions of ‘Fabliau of Florida’    
    Badlands    
    Four Landscapes    
    Glasnost    
    Solfege    
    A Week in the Life    
    Are We Not Drawn Onward, We Few, Drawn Onward to New Era?    
    Outside    
    Prelude to Growth    


    II

    Sonnet    
    As Necessity Requires    
    Arrival    
    A Walking Bird     
    To Comprehend a Nectar    
    Carapace    
    The Asymmetric    
    Wyoming    
    In Absentia    
    A Later Stage of Discipline    
    With Hindsight    
    Three Summaries    
    Martedi Grasso    
    Manna    
    Old-Fashioned Uncouth Measurer    
    Sphinx    
    Leaving the City of Acupuncture    
    Kayak    


    Notes   
    Oli Hazzard is the author of Between Two Windows, for which he received the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize and a 2013 Eric Gregory Award. He teaches at the University of St Andrews. ... read more
    'Haunting, hilarious, exquisitely inventive, Between Two Windows is a brilliant first collection by one of the brightest young stars in the poetic firmament.'
    Mark Ford
     'Oli Hazzard brilliantly conveys the experience of experiencing; although his observations are hyper-real, he seems always to be questioning -- and to be making us question -- whether they are sufficiently 'like' ... His work perfectly exemplifies Touchstone's saying that the truest poetry is the most feigning.'
    Jane Griffiths
    'Between Two Windows by Oli Hazzard is impressive in its formal assuredness and confidence of tone, all the while questioning what poetry is and does.'
    Adam Newey, Guardian
    Praise for Oli Hazzard '€˜A beautiful, bracing book of surprising, absorbing itineraries, Blotter takes brilliant soundings of linguistic pools and discursive surrounds. These astonishing, seductive sequences explore "€œhow time is layered / into the paint"€. Hazzard is a formidably inventive poet; he is also a generous, playful, inviting one. He abolishes the distance between the conceptual and the lyrical, updating Wordsworth'€™s "€œselection of the real language of men"€ for our GPS moment. His sequences bespeak their compositional procedures but also something irreducibly else: the poet in and of the hinge, the gap, the step, the scroll, the click, the synapse -€” a shaping and shaped tender intelligence. Like the most ambitious works of any era, Hazzard’s poems create their own occasions and terms. They invite us to enter new fields, to go skying toward new horizons, to sense a lover’s touch, to hear both "€œa lullaby"€ and "€œthe shocking truth"€.'€™
    Maureen N. McLane
    'Hazzard's gift lies in making the unusual seem aphoristic, turning words on their heads to shock an unsuspecting reader.'
    The Economist
    '...both funny and touching. It is his flair for phrases that catch one's breath that has stood Oli Hazzard in good stead.' The Literateur 'Reminiscent of early, difficult Auden... [Hazzard] belies the notion that today's young poets are working in a cutesy, self-contained bubble.'
    Dai George, Poetry Wales
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