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Between Two Windows
ISBN: 978 1 847771 39 1
Categories: 21st Century, British, First Collections
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2012
216 x 154 x 5 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
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.
The Inability to Recall the Precise Word for Something
Rule of Thumb
Entre Chien et Loup
A Few Precepts
Pantoum in Which Wallace Stevens Gives Me Vertigo
Two Versions of ‘Fabliau of Florida’
A Week in the Life
Are We Not Drawn Onward, We Few, Drawn Onward to New Era?
Prelude to Growth
As Necessity Requires
A Walking Bird
To Comprehend a Nectar
A Later Stage of Discipline
Old-Fashioned Uncouth Measurer
Leaving the City of Acupuncture
'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 'He has a musical ear, so there's randomness in the generation, but its composition bears careful listening to.'
Jeremy Noel-Tod, The Sunday Times, Twelve poets to read now
'A beautiful, bracing book of surprising, absorbing itineraries, Blotter takes brilliant soundings of linguistic pools and discursive surrounds. These astonishing, seductive sequences explore "how 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 "selection 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, Hazzardâs poems create their own occasions and terms. They invite us to enter new fields, to go skying toward new horizons, to sense a loverâs touch, to hear both "a lullaby" and "the 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.'
'...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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