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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.

    '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

    '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
    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 was born in Bristol in 1986, and studied English at University College London and the University of Bristol. He is currently researching John Ashbery’s poetry at the University of Oxford. Oli Hazzard’s poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Forward Book of Poetry 2010 , Best British ... read more
    '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.'
    Jane Griffiths
    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.'
    The Economist
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