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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.
'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.'
'Haunting, hilarious, exquisitely inventive, Between Two Windows is a brilliant first collection by one of the brightest young stars in the poetic firmament.'
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
'Oli Hazzard is a boldly experimental poet: one whose interest is as much in language and form as it is in meaning - or rather, in the constant interplay between meaning, language, and form. He explores this interest through established forms such as sestinas and pantoums, but also through unexpected and innovatory ones: mirroring structures, and poems consisting entirely of palindromes or de-contextualized proverbs or set phrases. The results are often startling, showing something very real about the hit-and-miss quality of thought and expression. It is impossible, in Hazzard's writing, to take anything on trust. He 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 is challenging poetry, but that is because his formal fireworks so honestly address the difficulty of finding a standpoint from which to view the world: that is, the difficulty of finding a self. His work perfectly exemplifies Touchstone's saying that the truest poetry is the most feigning.'
Praise for Oli Hazzard '...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 'Hazzard's gift lies in making the unusual seem aphoristic, turning words on their heads to shock an unsuspecting reader.'
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