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Jane Draycott

Over by Jane Draycott
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ISBN: 978 1 903039 92 2
Categories: 21st Century, Medieval
Imprint: OxfordPoets
Published: April 2009
216 x 135 x 8 mm
80 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • It's midnight. She enters the water
    the forest of sharp-bladed coral
    the fruit which is not what it seems.
    It's midnight she's leaving
    she's leaving the Hotel of Dreams.

                                from 'Juliet' by Jane Draycott
    Over, Jane Draycott's third book, takes its title from a sequence of twenty-six poems based on the international phonetic alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta... In these and other pieces Draycott creates a world of echoing voices and reflections. She evokes the mirrors and doorways, dreams and night-time journeys that transform the familiar: entrances into a different reality. Over explores liminal places where ocean meets land, land drops to ravine, lives intersect in piazzas. The poems cross thresholds between what is finished and what is 'not over yet', between present and past and, in an extract from her new translation of the medieval dream-vision Pearl, between a sunlit garden and the mysterious landscape of the world to come.


    Contents


    Sky man
    The Square
    The Girls' Book of Model-Making
    In the same way
    Pass
    We would like you to listen
    Concourse
    The Longest Day
    Ashburnham House
    Turquoise
    After the Meal
    All this was fields
    Night Museum
    The Fair Miles
    Mass Observation
    Quay Street
    Island
    Opera Express
    Eldorado
    The Funeral of Queen Victoria
    Lookout Mountain
    All that we have
    from Pearl
    Return to Relleu
    Picnic
    Technique
    Door
    Wayzgoose
    The Hired Boat

    Over

    Alpha
    Bravo
    Charlie
    Delta
    Echo
    Foxtrot
    Golf
    Hotel
    India
    Juliet
    Kilo
    Lima
    Mike
    November
    Oscar
    Papa
    Quebec
    Romeo
    Sierra
    Tango
    Uniform
    Victor
    Whiskey
    X-ray
    Yankee
    Zulu



    Jane Draycott was born in London in 1954 and studied at King’s College London and Bristol University. Her first full collection, Prince Rupert’s Drop (Carcanet/OxfordPoets), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 1999. In 2002 she was the winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry and in 2004, ... read more
    Praise for Jane Draycott 'Her searching curiosity and wonderful assurance make her an impeccable and central poetic intelligence.'
    Penelope Shuttle, Manhattan Review
     'I've waited some time to read something this intelligent, this sensuous and this crystalline. In fact The Night Tree is the finest collection I've read for ages.'
    Guardian
    'Jane Draycott's quiet, meticulous poems inhabit the vague, evanescent world between waking and sleeping. Her vision is of an England half in dream, a Samuel Palmer twilight in which things begin to move into an unexpected focus.'
    Times Literary Supplement
    'The language is marvellously modulated yet stirringly wild. Draycott has carried over into our tamer, tired world a strong, strange sense of how original, gorgeous and natural this old poem can be.' - David Morley, Poetry Review
    'When Jane Draycott read, for the first time, sections of her exquisitely modulated translation of the 'Pearl' poem, its echoing character seemed to transport me from one cultural space to another... I came as close to hearing the 'Pearl' poet's voice as I am ever likely to be.' - Stella Halkyard, PN Review 'Draycott's version is compellingly human.'
    Lachlan Mackinnon, Times Literary Supplement
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