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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (64 pages)
(Pub. Mar 2011)
The night sky rippling with aurora light,
Shaken from sleep beside the telephone
I wanted to arrive before he died
so when I stop in that pause before morning
I am nowhere and have no name. I sneak
which speaks in gold devices and machines
Lao’s Mirror was a mirror belonging to Mr Lao in Goldsmith’s The Citizen of the World. The mirror reflected the ‘insides’ or character of a person rather than the ‘outsides’. Understandably, it was not thought a good mirror.
Much of the material in Julian Turner's third collection works under malign influence, which comes most often from the hand of Man, but is also haunted by elements, spirits and other forces that seem beyond our control. This compelling book also celebrates human ingenuity and heroism in the face of such weighty opponents and laments our inclination to blame others for our misfortune and unhappiness.
Time and memory, the transitory nature of human remains from the earliest man-made monuments, how nature suffers from man-made depredations, the strange states of mind that arise from extreme experience – all of these contribute to this book's rich and multi-layered insight into the human condition.
Awards won by Julian Turner Short-listed, 2002 Waterstone's Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection (Crossing the Outskirts) Commended, 2011 Poetry Book Society (PBS): Choice - Spring (Planet-Struck)
'A blighted tree is said to be planet-struck. Similarly epilepsy, paralysis, lunacy and so on are attributed to the malignant influence of planets'
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable Praise for Julian Turner 'Turner's poems evoke the fourfold, anagogic phases of being and consciousness familiar to readers of both the Romantic poet, and his interpreters'
Fred Muratori, The Manhatten Review
'You'll see a wish to connect, almost a belief, that despite this fractured world, things can still be whole... Where Blake saw poetry as the potential for a "perfect unity" it is perhaps a perfect disunity that Julian Turner yearns for here.'
Liam Bishop, Singapore Review of Books "There is a vast unfathomable symmetry to Julian Turner's new collection, whose conclusion in deep space is as intrinsically unknowable as the remote landscape of the Cairngorms in which the opening poem, Lairig Grhu, is set."
Steve Whitaker, The Yorkshire Times
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