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ISBN: 978 1 903039 67 0
Categories: 21st Century, First Collections
Published: November 2003
216 x 135 x 6 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Up here in the library, where the sun -
Apollo's sun, mind - falls upon me
And will do, winter white and often fogspun,
Each morning when I enter to start work,
Pick a paintbrush, flick pigment through its mane.
from 'J.M.W. Turner: The Library'
Sasha Dugdale's first collection of poems takes its title from the notebook kept by the artist J.M.W. Turner, whose responses to the world are explored in seven of her poems. But the book is also a notebook of the poet's own experiences, of living and working in Russia, of relationships and identity. Best known as a translator of contemporary Russian drama, Dugdale writes with deep insight, finding beauty and humanity in bleakness and desperation. Her sympathies are for the outsider, the observer: the woman standing alone as a crowd surges around her, the waiting figures at a snowbound airport - the painter and the poet. Linking all the poems in the collection is Dugdale's belief in the creative power of the artist and the writer to both record and transform reality.
'Notebook is a beguiling and unusual debut, its best poems at once elusive, satisfying and likely to go on being read.' - Times Literary Supplement Praise for Sasha Dugdale My favourite collection this year is Sasha Digdale's 'Red House' (Carcanet Oxford Poets). I like how she has infused her British sensibility with the passion and abandon of Russian poets like Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tssvetaeva, whom she has previously translated. - Kathryn Maris, Timeout Magazine Best of 2011
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