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Marabou

Jane Yeh

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ISBN: 978 1 857547 88 7
Categories: 21st Century, First Collections, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 2005
216 x 135 x 5 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • When it came, we were getting ready
    For bed. The gowns lay on the mattresses,
    White as palms open for a coin.

    I always loved how they spread themselves,
    Armless & headless, across the sheets,
    Loved that perfect stillness of things

    Dropped from a great height. They stretched
    The length of the beds like so many
    Paper dolls. That night

    The sandals waited on the floor, soft
    Brown mouths, open & dumb as those
    Of children. I loved how the feet

    Came down with a slap, the straps
    An embrace. We were kneeling
    When it hit. Through the window

    I saw its hand & when the others ran
    I stood, walked the row
    Putting on each pair of sandals, pulling

    One crackling cloth over my head after another.

    'Vesuvius (in the Priests' Quarters)'

    Marabou, Jane Yeh's first book of poems, is a meditation on the nature of artifice, and on the self. Her snapshots freeze fraught instants in the lives of a broad cast of characters: the horror movie mummy, an Elizabethan shoemaker, a flock of Cumbrian sheep; there's Harry Potter's owl and Oscar Wilde, two European princesses... In these beautifully crafted poems, her personae address the themes of love, lust, glamour and desperation with wit and flair. Hers is the language of fashion, espionage, revenge tragedy; her taut pressure-packed lines combine vivid detail and bold confession and reach unexpected emotional truths.
    Table of Contents

    I

    Correspondence

    Double Wedding, 1615

    The Pre-Raphælites

    Adultery

    Convent at Haarlem

    Cumbria

    The Only Confirmed Cast Member Is Ook the Owl, Who Has Been Tapped To Play the Snowy White Owl Who Delivers Mail for Harry



    II

    Bad Quarto

    Telegraphic

    Monster

    Paris, 1899

    Teen Spies

    Biological

    Blue China

    Love in a Cold Climate I

    Love in a Cold Climate II

    Divining

    France, 1919

    Substitution

    Defence

    Portrait at Windsor

    Seaside Resorts

    Parliament of Fowls

    House

    Fête Champêtre

    Vesuvius (In the Priests' Quarters)



    III

    Shoemaker's Holiday

    Revenger's Tragedy

    Rhode Island Waltz

    Alchemy

    Exercises

    Self-Portrait After Vermeer



    Notes

    Jane Yeh was born in America and educated at Harvard University.  She holds master’s degrees from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Manchester Metropolitan University.  Her first collection of poems, Marabou (2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes.  Her latest collection, The Ninjas, was published in 2012. ... read more
    Awards won by Jane Yeh Short-listed, 2005   Whitbread Poetry Prize (Marabou) Short-listed, 2005 Forward Poetry Prize for the Best First Collection
    (Marabou)
    Winner, 2012 Girton College Jane Martin Prize
    'Marabou is fresh and surprising. If only all first books were this unusual.'
    Stephen Knight, the Independent on Sunday
    Praise for Jane Yeh 'She is a brilliant technician. Her acute visual sensibility, the sensuousness of her descriptions, her gift for the creation of striking metaphors, her sensitive orchestration of sounds and the precision of her thought are all rich sources of pleasure for the reader.'
    Edmund Prestwich, Acumen
    'Jane Yeh's The Ninjas is as unsettling and funny as its cover image... One is tempted to gobble down the exquisite poems one after another...'
    Sarah Coles, New Welsh Review
    'The Ninjas is profound, funny and sad, reminding us that humans and androids are lonely and need love, and that attention to detail and kindness to animals can make a better world. This quirky and wise collection has outstanding originality and poise.'
    Aingeal Clare, Guardian
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