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Excerpts From the Memoirs of a Fool

Patrick Mackie

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ISBN: 978 1 857545 08 1
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2001
216 x 135 x 5 mm
320 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • There was a balloon in the shape of a city.
    There was a cloud in the shape of a carpet.
    Seasons spun across the sky amid bits of songs.
    But what was the point of that impetuousness?
    Beauty is too easy, and is dwarfed by the wistfulness
    that follows its inevitable disappearance.


    from 'Obscurities'

              
    Every poet is a fool in refusing to give up the quest for an account of the world based on truth and beauty. Patrick Mackie's debut collection explores the poet's foolish-ness in forms which are ludic, wry, at times conversational and always beguiling and unique. It is as though Schumann's Carnival had been translated into words, and Harlequin holds most, but not all, of the trump cards.

    There are love poems, meditations, narrative snapshots, real and imagined landscapes, and encounters with a range of figures and forces, from Paul Klee to the Devil. Patrick Mackie acknowledges his debts to Wallace Stevens, to French Surrealism and to Goethe, amongst others, but such debts do not obscure the
    emergence of a unique poetic talent, tensely rhapsodic, that is pitched between
    lyricism, Modernism and the comic.
    PATRICK MACKIE was born in London in 1974. He was brought up in Oman and England, educated at Winchester College and the universities of Oxford and Manchester. During the year 1998/99 he was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and has been writing a book about T.S. Eliot. His work first ... read more
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